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Regulars 10 Publisher’s Note 14 In the Garden With Brenda 15 Mike on Health 16 Annette on Real Estate 18 Bonnie Milletto 19 Sten: On the Money 37 Cosmetic Shelf Life? The 411 12 Charity Spotlight 20 The Bookshelf 22 Truckin' into Salem Your Health 24 Bon Voyage 38 Here Comes the Sun

Eating Well in the Valley 40 Chai Pecan Ice Cream 42 The Dining Guide Home 29 31

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Out and About 25 Birds & Blues 44 The Hot Ticket 45 At the LaSells Stewart Center

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So Much to Do! 29 The House of Tomorrow Restore Oregon

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From the Home Office in Corvallis Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed... Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. -- Henry David Thoreau

Ahh spring at last, and it seems like kind of a “springier” spring than some of late. With the last few years of drought, snow packs vanishing, lake levels falling, and gloomy warnings of coming disaster, it’s nice to see that things seem to be looking up. The snow is back, lakes are brimming, and the landscape might make the Irish jealous with all the green, green grass of Oregon. And in addition to the return of water, we now have sun! Of course we all need to squint for a while when we go outdoors -- since it’s been a while, but isn’t it great to see blue sky?

And in the blue sky, the charming chatter of the Canada Geese discussing their summer plans as they make the trip north tells us that yes, spring is here, and summer’s right around the corner. I’m so ready.

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I hope you’re ready too. In this issue we’ve got some spring home improvement tips. Now that there’s smooth sailing for the months ahead, maybe it’s time to spruce up the nest a bit? We’ve got inspiration from local home pros, and look for the Restore Oregon annual tour, this year: “The House of Tomorrow” from back in the day when “tomorrow” was the late

Now lets get out there and see and do!

And speaking of nests, how about some birdwatching and blues on the Tillamook Coast? Read all about it in this issue.

Where are my shades? Happy spring to you and yours, and as always, thanks for reading!

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n every place I have lived I have gardened. When I finally purchased a house of my own, I started with a blank canvas upon which I could create the garden of my dreams. I knew I needed a basic design to get started and we needed a lawn installed to use a VA loan. Landscape design skills run in the family. My grandma Garland, my dad and I all did landscape designing. My brother, Lee, is a licensed landscape architect. My dad was a great mentor to me in regards to design. He taught me almost as much as I learned in school. The concept of the landscape as a series of rooms, with floor, walls and ceiling is something I learned from my dad. I value his skill and asked him to help me design my front garden. The builder installed the grass and irrigation. My husband and I began the process of amending the soil and filling the beds with plants. Nearly fifteen years later, our landscape is full and needing an overhaul. It is still a work in progress, but I like that. I have learned much: the order in which you do things is important, but most mistakes are fixable; you can retrofit an underground sprinkler system for drip irrigation, but if you have a lot of pots in the garden those should be on a separate line; soil structure is even more important and complicated than I thought; and sometimes you just have to go with what speaks to you. My dad designed with many angular and square lines. My husband thought that was a cool look and it worked with the angular line of our concrete walkway. The front landscape was rather simple with repetition of plant varieties. It was well thought out. I made the ultimate selection of the plant varieties with input from Dad. In the back yard, I started with key elements but then began planting all my favorites. We wanted more

privacy and added vertical elements and vines. When we soaked in our hot tub, I would gaze at the garden and think of things I wanted to add or change. Finally, my husband got me to confess that I really preferred rounded beds, less lawn and more of a cottage garden feel. So he patiently carved out more space for plants, added more drip lines and installed more pavers. Last year I learned to my surprise that my husband actually likes the full look we have created in the back yard. So we will apply that design as we rework the front landscape, enlarging the planting beds, removing overgrown plants and adding a little more variety. Also, we are talking about eliminating the lawn to make more room for edibles.

There are many ways to approach garden design and many different styles. You can hire a professional or do it yourself. Garden design isn’t always black and white. Sometimes you just have to plant hot pink flowers next to the red ones. Not everything lives where you plant it and some things grow where you don’t want them. I enjoy the unpredictability of gardening, but you may not. My garden is not yours and vice versa. Good garden design should reflect the style and tastes of the gardener. No matter how you approach it, make it yours. 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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Your Brain on Green Spaces

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The world of healthy eco-psychology


he spring issue of WILLAMETTE LIVING magazine is a perfect time to talk about this aspect of health. Green spaces, parks, gardens, the woods all have a fascinating impact on our biology. The Greeks, William Wadsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson and one of our first wellness educators, Henry David Thoreau taught us that creative thoughts come from a walk around a pond. You may already be experiencing this “Health Protectant” The Willamette Valley is already in a lot of ways one big green park. Even with the pollens, and of course the wet weather, a lot of the population do enjoy the various landscapes, forests and wetlands. Farms with both vegetable and flower gardens give us visual scenes that have calming influences on our immune systems. When I bring up a beautiful clear Willamette valley day, with green plant life, trees in the foreground and the snow covered cascades looking to the east, people will self

report feelings of calmness and a sense of well-being. The area of COGNATIVE NEUROBIOLOGY is in play here. Neuroaesthetics… your

brain and the environment As I’ve written about for several years now, everything starts in the brain. Researchers who study cognitive neurobiology call one’s viewing of all our environments an “ocular centric “ experience. We have several of these experiences daily. As more research comes out in this area. Health researchers learn that where we live, work, go through our daily lives determine a lot of our biology, good or bad. The anterior cingulate cortex, which is located in the frontal lobe of the brain, (see brain diagram) regulates both areas of our cardiovascular system ( i.e. blood pressure, heart rate) and our hormonal system. It also plays a critical role in our emotional regulation. When we view green spaces, wooded forests, all the environmental areas that I’ve discussed, we get these

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aesthetically pleasing “ocular centric” experiences. The anterior cingulate cortex regulates our blood pressure and heart rate and helps release a cascade of positive hormones-neurotransmitters into our system. When our immune system is in harmony like this we reduce the risk for heart disease and even some cancers. The stress from life and the environment Personal stress comes from our personality. How we deal with others, and the physical environment we live and work in. Several studies indicate that people who live in areas with less green spaces, less plants and trees around them have higher levels of stress on their immune systems. People in chronic stress are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes and inflammatory markers for other chronic diseases. Positive health studies show that employees that have views of green spaces and parks outside an office window and people that have plants and small trees in their homes still all have personal stresses.

But the green aesthetics shift the immune system back to a healthier balance. Several global researchers call the stress relief from being in green spaces “Attention Restoration”. Being in parks, woods, nature are called “soft fascination” areas. Our brains are more relaxed in these places, we don’t have to dodge traffic, or navigate busy streets -- our spatial and sensory awaress is calmer. When we're in natural environments our rumination, or “being too much in our heads” has a natural decline. The feeling of what happens Like all positive healthy experiences there’s a dosage of pleasure that must be felt before we can explain it. It’s nice we live in a aesthetically pleasing region where we can enjoy this healthy experience all around us. Consider turning off your electronic devices for a bit. Get up from your chair. And rain or shine enjoy moments of our great environment.


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Set The Stage Preparing a house for sale is not just giving it a good scrub and taking some homemade pictures. Even in a hot seller’s market it is clear that a well presented property (combined with the correct pricing) will fetch a better price than one that is mediocre in presentation. One of the most important measures is staging. Staging is not just, as many avid HGTV viewers might think, putting in some nice furniture and art work and – done. The stager I work with gets a lot of offers to work for her that start with “I love interior decorating”. But that is just the tip of the iceberg – as in most professions that look glamorous on the surface but are actually hard work and tons of experience and knowledge – not very glamorous but

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Staging in a home where the seller still lives starts with a consultation. The staging professional walks through the house with the seller and gives tips, advice and support to make the best out of what is there. That includes carpet, paint, cabinets, surfaces, repairs and many more options, not just taking family pictures down and turning a couch around.

In a vacant house, the stager brings in furniture, artwork, and accessories to enhance floorplans and help buyers envision whether their furniture will fit and how to use spaces. The nice side effect is that pictures of furnished spaces are so much nicer to look at…

Dated surfaces? Very taste specific wall colors? Stained carpet? Chandelier from the 80’s? The stager will help you change, update and install within your budget. A little remodel or renovation goes a long way when you want top dollar for your

And once the house looks great, professional photography presents the result. Over 96% of buyers look online first. They look at pictures and decide to visit a property for a closer look – or not. You never get a second chance at a first impression. Make it count!

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Challenge Do you have ten seconds in your day to connect with what matters most?

people pray and thank God, others think thoughts of gratitude.

As technology continues to evolve at the speed of light, we can get caught up in the need to keep up with our everchanging fast paced world and find ourselves constantly running. Excuses in the form of “I’m too busy” come pouring out, almost as a shield to explain why we choose to miss the moments that really matter and add substance to our lives. And that is our connection with people.

Ten seconds can make a positive difference in the life of someone you care about.

Gratitude requires very little time, money or skill, yet offers enormous rewards. Grateful people are happy people because they view life as a gift instead of a burden. Some people express gratitude by telling people they are grateful, some

I challenge you right now to pick up your phone. Choose one person. One person you care about. One person you would like to reconnect with. One person that you want to show your gratitude to for being in your life. Do you have the one person?  Text three words and only these three words and push send . . .

I Appreciate You That’s it. Ten seconds to show appreciation and start a ripple of positive emotions that can create a title wave of gratitude and connection. Each of us - in every moment - is making a contribution to the world through our thoughts, our words and our actions. Never underestimate just how much power you have with your words.  Bonnie Milletto Bonnie Milletto Speaker, Author, Motivator


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Setting Financial Expectations With Family And Friends Sten Carlson

As the weather heats up, so does the planning for vacations, graduations, weddings and family reunions. Your packed event schedule could impact your financial health, so it’s important to set expectations with your family and friends early in the planning process. Talking about money with family members and friends can feel awkward, but in some instances, not talking about financial expectations upfront can create stress and tension down the road. It could also leave you with a larger dent in your pocketbook than you expected.

the neighbors, a family reunion funded by all the siblings or your child’s wedding with your ex-spouse, it’s important to discuss the budget for the event and how the costs will be divided before the planning begins. What’s more, if someone is donating their time — for example, to clean their house or create the floral arrangements for the event — factor the going rate for their services and the number of hours the task will take and give credit where credit is due. Doing so will help all parties feel recognized and appreciated for their time or financial contributions.

Practicing good financial etiquette can help you smooth the way and minimize complicated financial situations. Establishing a budget and knowing what you can — and cannot — afford to spend, is the first step. The next is clearly and proactively communicating your financial boundaries to other involved parties. To help you get started, here are a few tips on how to approach some common financial discussions with grace.

Planning a vacation — When travelling with others, agree upfront on a budget and who will pay for what before you hit the road. If you are booking the trip in advance — and cannot book accommodations or other aspects of the trip separately — ask your fellow travelers for reimbursement upfront so that you’re not left feeling cheated or financially strained. If you are the one responsible for reimbursing someone else, do so before you depart for your destination. It will make it easier for everyone in your group to relax and have a good time. Keep in mind With today’s busy lifestyles, details can easily get lost in the shuffle. When planning larger group events or trips, consider creating a shared document that outlines the proposed budget and who is responsible for what costs and when payments are due. This will help minimize misunderstandings, making these events less stressful — and more enjoyable — for everyone involved.

Going out for dinner — Before you make a reservation or stop somewhere for a bite to eat as a group, discuss your price range preference, and reach an agreement on whether to split the bill evenly or ask for separate tabs. If you are on a tight budget, simply say so. Most people will understand and agree to separate tabs at an affordable location. Celebrating milestones — Birthdays, weddings, graduations and other events can quickly become costly. Look at your budget and determine what you can afford to spend on gifts and travel expenses before the invitations start rolling in. Also use your budget as a guide to your decisions on when to decline an invitation to an out of state wedding or other expensive event. Giving gifts — If you plan to go in on a large gift with someone else, be clear about your spending range before the shopping begins. If you’re the one purchasing the gift, it’s important that the total cost of the gift doesn’t put a financial strain on your short-term finances. It may be unlikely, but if the other party unexpectedly can’t reimburse you for their portion, it could also strain your relationship. Co-hosting an event — Whether you’re hosting a barbeque with Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. To contact him/her, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC © 2016 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. File #1438821

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The Book Report

Shunned: Outcasts in the Land By Cynthia Hearne Darling Available through all major online retailers and bookstores nationwide Darling takes a closer look at the antidepressant industry and the dangers of an over-medicated society. Exploring what today’s politically correct society deems worthy of “shunning”, Darling takes mystery, murder and one of the most charged topics in medicine to weave a fast-paced thriller that resonates with readers on the deepest levels. Earthquake Time Bombs By Robert Yeats Available through all major online retailers and Yeats sheds light on earthquake hotspots around the world and the communities at risk. He examines these seismic threats in the context of recent cultural history, including economic development, national politics and international conflicts. This book raises the alarm so that we can protect our vulnerable cities before it’s too late.


Wilber’s War, An American Family’s Journey Though World War II By Hale Bradt Available through all major online retailers and This is a fascinating, original biography of a World War II artillery officer in the Pacific War and his family’s lives on the home front. Hale Bradt tells a complex tale of the son of a midwestern farming family caught up in the early twentieth century’s upheavals of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. This lengthy account is contained in three volumes, totaling about 1,000 pages of text. It’s a time-consuming but rewarding read for its tolerance and understanding of the family members who at the time were under considerable stress.

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Letters From Marion: A Deadhead’s Journey from Peace to a Super Max Prison By Joel Blaeser Available through all major online retailers and select independent retailers Letters from Marion recounts the redemptive story of a 23 year-old, midwestern non violent first time offender ending up in the spiritually bereft walls of prison containing some of the most predacious and sophisticated criminals such as John Gotti, Bruce, James (Doc) Holliday and others. This book is not only an all access back stage pass of life inside prison, but about transformation and freedom being found during lockdown 23 hours a day. Woven throughout are his letters to loved ones sent from prison-to Joel’s mother, brother and sister-and how incarceration affected them. Raw and heartfelt, Letters From Marion is an incredible story of survival against all odds revealing the power of hope and faith in us all.

Shadow Ballet By Dan Ragon Available through all major online retailers Summer on California’s rugged north coast. Cliffs, rocky shores and a naked dead body at the edge of the surf. Detective John Ragsdale steps into an investigation that leads into the shadows of international intrigue and clandestine operations. The case seems to point in the direction of the vacationing Paul McAfee without clearly involving him or his new friend and neighbor Jean Parker. The deeper Detective Ragsdale and his partner Tom Schroeder dig, the larger the scope of the case becomes and every effort to shine light on the truth casts darker shadows and raises more unanswered questions.

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In the Distance By Dave Griffin Available through all major online retailers and bookstores nationwide Griffin outlines the challenges runners often face and how it imbues them with the confidence to face obstacles in their lives. While In the Distance is a book about running, it’s also a book about living. Readers will become immersed in the heartwarming stories—they will feel a connection to the child, the competitor, the fighter, the learner, the seeker, the father and the philosopher, all of whom appear within the same person, traversing through life one mile at a time.

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ooking for something unusual to do the last week of May? A unique exhibition of history, power and nostalgia is coming to the Salem State Fairgrounds and Expo Center May 26 -28th, 2106. The American Truck and Historical Society is holding its Annual Convention and Truck Show and the full range of America’s trucking past will be on display in all its shining chrome and waxed paint glory. You have seen the large semi-trucks whizzing down the road as long as you can remember riding along on our country’s highways. This event allows you to see America’s trucking history unfold itself up close with about a 1,000 trucks on display. Truck enthusiasts have spent countless hours restoring these vehicles with amazing attention to detail. Many of the owners accompany their trucks and will be pleased to provide you with the history of their vehicle. Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel

trucks of the early 1900s to the 18-wheeler rigs seen today. To be considered an antique, a truck must be at least 25 years old; however, all working and show trucks will be on display. In addition, antique fire trucks and restored military vehicles along with a recreation of a military encampment from America’s great wars will be there too. The National Guard will have several of their vehicles on display and officers on hand to answer questions. Many truckrelated vendors will be onsite selling memorabilia, books/ manuals, photos, model trucks, parts, and more. Additionally, local craftsmen will sell goods, crafts, and souvenirs.

The event will also feature an indoor interactive children’s area to create learning opportunities about the United States transportation industry and trucking’s past. Alex Debogorski, the original “Ice Road Trucker,” will be onsite, giving fans the chance to interact, get autographs and pose for photos. Convention

activities include a speaker’s program, with topics on the design and building of the Paymaster truck, the creation of the Fruehauf Trailer Company, the experience of the first trucker to lead a Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1957, and the history of the American diesel truck. The America Truck Historical Society has more than 20,000 members worldwide. There are nearly 100 ATHS affiliated chapters which provide additional opportunities for these enthusiasts to network with their peers. The ATHS Oregon Trail Chapter is supporting the 2016 convention. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to relive an important part of America’s history. The show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; tickets are $10 per day for ages 16 and older; admission is free for youth 15 and younger who accompany a paying adult.


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By Angela Johnson Make your next trip a healthful one


ave you ever returned from “vacation” more worn out than before you left? Maybe you even gained a few pounds or got sick on your trip. Making healthful choices is hard enough when you are at home; it’s even more difficult when you’re out of your element. Plan ahead and make it a priority to take care of you. If your travels break your normal routine and you find yourself eating more and exercising less, these tips can help you manage your energy and enhance the quality of your travels.

Keep moving

So often, travel means sitting for hours in the car, on a plane or at the table chatting with whomever we’re visiting. Find ways to stay active. At the airport, walk until your posted boarding time. A few airports like San Francisco now even

have yoga rooms. If you’re on a road trip, take advantage of rest stops to do a five-minute power walk, chase your kids or stretch. During long periods of sitting, do heel and toe raises to work the lower legs, or contract and release the muscles of your backside or belly. Bring a stress ball to squeeze, which works muscles in your forearms. If you’re staying in a hotel, take advantage of the pool or fitness room, or explore the surrounding area on foot. Some hotels have equipment you can borrow to use in your room. Enjoy the sites and plan a few active excursions. Be on the lookout for opportunities to move; without this intention, it is easy to fill a day being inactive.

Thought for food

Restaurant food is notoriously high in calories and salt, and low in fruit and vegetables. For a while, it may seem fun or


decadent to eat in restaurants for many meals, but your body starts to pay the price. When flying, throw a bag of snacks in your carry on. Sturdy fruits (apples or oranges), nuts, jerky, string cheese, cut up veggies (cucumber slices or carrot sticks) and whole-grain crackers all travel well. If you’re driving, bring a cooler and pack a meal or a few if you’ll be on the road for days. A couple options that pack well include sandwiches and maindish salads that don’t rely on lettuce as a base, like Nicoise salad (a potato salad with tuna, green beans and vinaigrette dressing) or Waldorf chicken salad. Again, fill a bag with healthful snacks that don’t need to be chilled.

Maintain your sleep schedule as much as possible, unless you’re already not getting enough sleep, then sleep more! It can be tempting to chat into the wee hours of the night when on vacation, but the quality of your time the next day will suffer if you’re exhausted. It is easier to make good decisions for your health and enjoy your travels when you’re rested. With a little forethought, you’ll return from your next trip feeling great. Happy trails! If you’re interested in learning more about the programs available at Samaritan Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery Institute, call 541768-4280 or visit

If you’ll have a home base with a kitchen on your trip, plan a few meals and bring the recipes with you. Make sure you won’t need any hard-tofind ingredients or plan to bring them with you. Consider Angela Johnson, MS, RD, at Samaritan Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery Institute


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April / May 2016

Dance all night, then soar with the “real” eagles at Pacific City’s Birding and Blues Festival

What’s that you hear? Is it a lark, a loon, or maybe a wailing Les Paul guitar? At Pacific City’s annual Birding and Blues Festival it could be all three because the air is filled with beautiful birdsongs and good ol’ blues music.

The festival, started 12 years ago through a partnership with the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, combines education, entertainment and outdoor experiences. During the three-day event, April 29-May 1, families gather to learn about birds and birding, and hike through the forests, marshes, meadows, and along the shores surrounding the Three Capes Area of the Tillamook Coast. Led by expert birding guides, participants get a bird’s eye view at the wide variety of species that live all around us. Each year, the festival features a wellknown ornithologist as keynote speaker.​ Dr. John Marzluff is a James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. Author of five books, his most recent is Welcome to Subirdia, based on his work of biological diversity in suburban areas. Beginning birders welcome – all ages! The event also gives novice bird watchers a chance to mix with long-time bird enthusiasts during fun activities, live demonstrations, and themed hikes that illuminate the mysterious world of our feathered friends. This year, the Wildlife

Center of the North Coast, an organization that helps rehabilitate injured birds before being released back to the wild, will bring sea birds for people to view and learn about their habits.

For many little “birders” there is no better teacher than the great outdoors where they can watch the behavior of numerous bird species through high-powered telescopes for the first time. “Watching the different pieces of our environment working together is so important for our children to see and events like the Birding and Blues Festival is the perfect place to make it fun for kids and their parents,” says Molly Monroe, a local bird enthusiast who brings her daughter to the festival every year. “Watching the different pieces of our environment working together is so important for our children to see. An event like the Birding and Blues Festival is the perfect place to make it fun for kids and their parents.” Molly Monroe, festival attendee Going to the birds This year’s event will take festival goers on a guided field trips to Nestucca Bay Refuge, Cape Kiwanda, Neskowin Marsh, and to Clay Myers State Natural Area, just 4.5 miles north of Pacific City. This preserve includes Whalen Island, a 180acre combination of wetlands and forested

dune with a 1.4-mile loop trail, lush with woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, dunes, bogs, protected beaches and shallow waters enjoyed by paddlers. Plants in the estuary area include insect-loving California pitcher plants at the northern limit of their range, shore pine, Western red cedar, wax myrtle and cascara, all of which make cozy homes for blue herons, bald eagles and peregrine falcons. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see beavers, river otters, deer, elk, harbor seals and maybe a black bear. Another field trip will be to the old Pixieland Amusement Park in Lincoln City, which has being restored to its original wetlands. There will also be an evening Owling Adventure, led by Ken Chamberlain, a local “extreme” coastal birder. Kickin’ back with the blues Nighttime is the right time to relax with a beer and enjoy great local blues music at the festival. Friday and Saturday night at the Kiawanda Community Center families and friends can unwind while dancing to the music of regional blues bands. This year, families can groove to the Rockhounds, and Franco Paletta and The Stingers. Sign up early to reserve your spot on the most requested tours. Then get ready to learn more about our neighbors in the skies. For tickets and information, go to

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Hood River

Hood River We took a drive out east along the Columbia River to the town of Hood River. Hood River is one of the windsurfing Meccas of the world, so there's lots of sports oriented "stuff" and there seems to be a brewery on every block. Apparently It takes a lot of beer to fuel the young "action figures" who make the pilgramage to surf the wild Columbia at Hood River. But windsurfing is not the only thing going on in Hood River - far from it. Once we arrived for our quick trip, it became apparent that a few days, or more, woud be more appropriate to take in all the area has to offer. From the river to Mt. Hood there are endless outdoor opportunities. For the agri-tourist, there is something called "The Fruit Loop" -- you can take a tour of the 35 mile loop that winds through one of America's most prolific fruit growing regions - which includes the "fruit of the vine!" Skiiers can visit Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge - made famous in the movie The Shining, not at all scary in real life, Timberline is a showcase of depression era craftsmanship. One of President Roosevelt's Works Project Administration projects, the lodge is filled with the work of early Oregon artisans who found work on the mountain. Not to mention the world class skiing available right outside the door! The town of hood river is a cool, walkable day trip, and you'll start to get in shape for some of that outdoor activity by just touring the town on foot. Reminescent of San Francisco in the hilly terrain, there are great shops and food in abundance. For more visit


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Great, local bookstore with something for everyone! Waucoma Bookstore opreated by Muir and Jenny Cohen at 212 Oak

Beautiful, handmade ceramics by local artist Trudi Klinger with a very sunny "Euro" vibe.

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River Gallery What is it that moves a woman or a man to touch pen or paint to paper, to grasp clay or glass, fabric or camera and attempt to convey a dream, a message, a memory? Who are these people, and what is it that they produce? Why does it intrigue, move, thrill or anger us? What is this thing called “art” really all about? Timeless questions, to be sure, yet some fun in the seeking can be found at what's become a community institution in downtown Independence, Oregon. River Gallery pretty much spontaneously erupted when a group of local artists sat at a table in Lenora's Ghost, a dear departed drinking spot on Main Street, and thought... why not? Within weeks they had commandeered an empty storefront, convinced a dozen or so people to show their work, and had an opening night that knocked their socks off. That was seventeen years ago, and it's only gotten better. Now in a large, historic space at 184 South Main Street, the gallery consists of thirteen partners, fourteen associate members, and over fifty contract artists who make fine art to folk art including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics,

glassware, jewelry, basketry, hand-crafted furniture and more. The gallery is staffed by the partners, so you never know what conversation or work in progress you'll find when you drop in. Art on display changes often and includes a partner's monthly focus show and the work of a guest artist or art guild in the front window. It's a great centerpiece to a pleasant day in a riverside town filled with charming shops, good food and nice people. River Gallery is home to the famous Wild Women show and party every January and at least one additional themed show each year. These are chances for new artists to show their work and are glittering events both socially and artistically. This spring's show will be Oregon in Bloom, featuring indoor and outdoor art from the serene to the unexpected. See the Gallery's website at for submission information and more, or stop by from Tuesday through Sunday, 11am5pm to chat with one of the partners and see for yourself the wonders of local art. You can also contact the gallery via Facebook or by phone at 503-838-6171.

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April / May 2016

Restore Oregon’s Annual Mid-Century Modern Tour to Showcase the

“House of Tomorrow” The “House of Tomorrow” was an advertising slogan promising a happy, automated, streamlined, and family-focused home where wives were relieved of the drudgery of housekeeping and husbands could be doted on after a hard day’s work. Capitalizing on the idealism and technological advances that came out of the war, this new era of home design featured open floorplans, floor-to-ceiling glass, built-in appliances, and backyard patios with barbeques.    Now these futuristic homes are themselves historic, their optimistic design offering insight to this period of American history and how we have changed as a culture.   Seven Portland area homes reflecting this “House of Tomorrow” aesthetic will be featured on Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Tour to be held on Saturday, May 14th.  Built between the late 1940s and early 1960s, each home retains its mid-century character and several boast original kitchens featuring appliances such as built-in blenders, pop-out sewing center, top-loading dishwasher, intercoms, and “space age”

materials.   A companion lecture on the House of Tomorrow will give tour goers insights into the cultural context that spawned the Mad Men-era along with the gadgetry they promoted.  It will feature plenty of vintage advertising and also introduce key features of the homes on tour.     Mid-Century Modern “Houseof-Tomorrow” Tour Saturday, May 14, 2015  10am to 4pm $45 general public; $35 Restore Oregon members   Illustrated lecture on the “House of Tomorrow” Friday evening, May 13, 2016 7pm $15 general public; $10 Restore Oregon members   Tickets for both the program and tour go on sale March 15 and are expected to sell out.  Purchase at or call 503 243-1923.   All proceeds benefit the programs of Restore Oregon, a non-profit working to save Oregon’s historic places, from the Pioneer to the Modern eras.

Remodeling for the Future By Heidi Powell

This underused basement was remodeled to include a living area, bar, game room, guest bedroom, and bathroom. Note the bespoke slide-out desk that can be closed when not in use.


Have you thought about what you’re going to do once the kids move out? Will you sell your home and move into a new one? Buy a condominium or townhouse? Or would you like to stay in your home and perhaps make some improvements you’ve always dreamed of? The good news is that you don’t have to change addresses to have the home you want. The internal functioning of your house can be reconfigured to provide you with everything you desire for your new lifestyle. Underused spaces can be remodeled to become

useable spaces with room for your favorite pursuits. Plans could include a recreation room complete with pool table and wet bar; an exercise room with adjacent space for a sauna; or a private suite for frequent weekend guests. Often when the kids move out homeowners find new uses for the children’s bedrooms. Over time they realize that these bedrooms don’t function as well as they expected as a den, study, or guestroom. They want to open up the space for entertaining or update the look of their home. That bedroom at the end of the

hall may not be suitable for a master suite as it is, but walls can be rearranged to turn it into a comfortable bedroom with a generous bath. Rooms can be multi-purposed to accommodate different activities for various times of day or for different family members. A Murphy bed is a versatile addition to a study or sitting room. A new game room can double as a yoga studio. The possibilities are endless! An open mind about the potential of your home is the key to keeping up with future lifestyle changes. Your

“expandable home” plans should take into account activities you enjoy doing in the home, the size of your family (and extended family) and future plans you might have for entertaining. An experienced contractor and designer can help you to evaluate your home’s potential and walk you through the process of remodeling. For more answers to your construction questions go to Powell Construction is a design/build firm. Please call today for your free consultation.

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Nick Clark Old World Craftsman

From the National Portrait Gallery, London Nick Humphrey, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, Victoria and Albert Museum: “Organization of the woodworking trades From the 14th century the woodworking trades that organized themselves in English cities consisted of sawyers, carpenters, joiners, carvers, turners, and associated trades like wheelwrights, boxmakers, coffer-makers and upholders. 
There were significant joiners’ workshops in many English towns, notably major ports and cathedral cities. Cities might specialize in certain trades and related trades tended to be grouped in particular areas of the city. In the provinces woodworking trades were not so rigidly demarcated as in London and larger cities. In smaller towns a single company of woodworkers might include joiners, carpenters, masons, turners and sawyers. ... Joiner-made products, where carpenters were concerned principally with structural building work, and nailed (or boarded) furniture, was the foundation of the joiners’ trade. Key to that was the tight-fitting mortice and tenon joint, the basis of panelled construction. Joinermade products included wainscot and other fixed woodwork and temporary architecture. Moveable products included beds, tables, chests, chairs and stools, cupboards and buffets, certain boxes and special jobs such as “all frames for pictures Latesses for scrivenors or the like”, specified in an arbitration ruling of 1632, the wooden moulds used by plasterers, and - as seems likely - the oak panels used by portrait painters.

Regulation The “Faculty of Joyners and Ceilers [responsible for wainscot panelling] or Carvers of London” received it's charter in 1570. Members of the Joiners Company enjoyed various privileges, and were obliged to adhere to certain regulations. Their work carried a quality assurance, in that they had served a full apprenticeship and remained subject to viewers and searchers, with fines levied on substandard work, but they were not obliged to sign their work. They were entitled to work within the City. They were limited to two apprentices. They (alone) could employ overseas-born craftsmen. They could expect their professional interests to be defended, and to receive charitable assistance in times of difficulty. By the Great Statute of Artificers (1563) an apprentice served 7 years, with an examination test piece, at which point he might, by prior agreement, receive a set of tools from his master. This was followed by two years as a journeyman, after which he could then apply to be a master…..” In England, you see, woodworking is serious business. One does not simply declare oneself a woodworker. There is an arduous process to become a “Master Joiner.” No cutting corners, no fooling around. One such master craftsman is Nick Clark, who has migrated to the Willamette Valley, and now offers his services to a discerning clientele. From his shop based in Philomath, Nick services clients all over the northwest from Seattle to Idaho and from the Willamette Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. Nick Clark began his career more than thirty years ago doing

a formal apprenticeship with the leading joinery contractor in Sheffield, England. He worked as a Master Joiner until moving to Berkeley, California in 1991 to begin his own furniture making business. From 1994 to 1996, Nick developed invaluable expertise as a student in the prestigious two-year fine woodworking program at The College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California under the tutelage of James Krenov — internationally famous woodworker / furniture maker. Nick has numerous teaching positions, awards and publications to his credit. From sharing his knowledge with teens to teaching woodworking classes for adults in Ashland. Other accomplishments include Hand tool and projects classes in San Francisco, feature articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, and a first place award from American WoodworkerExcellence in Craftsmanship. Nick Clark Design was founded in 1998 as a vehicle for creating distinctive fine furniture, contemporary kitchens, cabinetry. Today, he has many satisfied clients that can attest not only to the quality and beauty of his work, but also to his ability to get things done on time and within budget. With over thirty years experience with both contemporary and traditional designs and methods, Nick is exceedingly well equipped to help you interpret, create, and manifest your unique vision. If you have a unique woodworking project in mind from cabinetry to corporate meeting tables, give Nick a call and schedule some time, you’ll be glad you did.

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Upgrades to Boost the Value of Your Home


ike fashion trends, home trends come and go. Think of how homes were designed just 20 years ago, with second-story open entryways and can’t-reach windows, formal dining rooms no one used, and expensive countertops that required constant upkeep. Unlike fashion, remodeling can be a substantial investment. If you’re planning to sell your home within two to three years, it pays to know what today’s home buyers want when shopping for a house. And many upgrades may indeed clinch the sale. 1. Wide open spaces. Buyers are now looking for easy flow— wide, open floor plans and spaces. Even the kitchen needs space— consider taking out the installed kitchen island for a rolling one. It’s all about accommodating changing family needs, from multi-

generational living to multipet households. 2. Natural light. While dimmers are still a musthave, more home buyers want natural light. Add skylights in a dark room, or try affordable light pipes (sometimes known as sun tubes). They funnel both sunlight and moonlight, from a capped hole cut in the roof, through an attractive ceiling fixture. Expand existing window spaces to bring in even more natural light. 3. Green energy savers. Buyers want ongoing efficiency and lower energy bills. Solar panels can lower water heating costs by as much as 80 percent; even in western Oregon where many days are cloudy. LED’s enhance lighting quality and light the way to savings by up to 75 percent. Window upgrades improve heating and cooling throughout with many cash incentives.

4. Exterior living space. A great deck can be one of the hottest selling points of a home, and if it’s designed as extended living space, even better. You can entertain year-round and can make up for the lack of a big lawn that just has to be mowed. Among the latest and greatest: Pavers. Scratch resistant, stain resistant, recycled materials and low maintenance. 5. Banish outdated wallpaper. One person’s idea of cute wallpaper is another’s worst nightmare, and the last thing you want is to lose the sale over something that trivial. Peel it off, smooth the walls and paint them a neutral but more trending color, like a shade of grey, which can be warm or cool. 6. Bathroom fixes. Real estate brokers say updated bathrooms are a sure-fire way to add value, but not if they cost more than the extra dollars they add to sale. Instead, replace old shower doors with new, clear glass versions, and replace old toilets with new. Even a shiny new faucet adds sparkle to home value. 7. Front entry. A nice front door adds curb appeal, and a working doorbell is icing on the cake. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual cost vs. value report, a new front door adds 96.6 percent of the amount you spend to the value to your home. HGTV says red doors are a real eye-catcher.

8. Update kitchen cabinets. If you have outdated cabinets, potential buyers will immediately think, “I’ll have to spend thousands of dollars to update this kitchen.” Adding new cabinet doors or painting if in good condition, countertops and a fresh layer of paint can go a long way in selling your home. Neutrals are safe, 9 times out of 10 buyers will have a different preference in selections. 9. Attic conversion. If you’re attic is a dusty, forgotten space, put it to good use. This is especially valuable if the house is older, and storage and childrens’ play areas are at a premium. Paint, carpet, cabinets and a skylight can transform an attic, and it’s fairly inexpensive. 10. Water filtration system. This may seem like a luxury, but it’s not. People are becoming more aware of the need for safe drinking water. A filtration system not only purifies what comes out of the tap, it saves on grocery bills—no more need for bottled water. A qualified design/ remodel team can help you make smart decisions about adding value to your home. For a consultation, call Dale’s Remodeling at 503 370-7609.


bland tile, end of an era

An easy way to add interest in an existing neutral space, is a pop of complementary or contrast color. With the vast array of new tile colors available, it’s easy to escape beige! Ageless designs can be created with the right use of color and the most simple designs will definitely benefit your home. Use a vibrant red or orange to offset your white cabinets. Going for a mid-century feel? Choose avocados and golds.


Photo: Fireclay Tile

Prefer a muted or neutral color tile, but don’t want another boring backsplash? A uniquely shaped tile can give you the drama you’ve been looking for, without clashing with your existing style. A fun arabesque, basketweave, penny round or hexagon mosaic can add a dynamic twist to your existing classic kitchen or bathroom. Creating a pattern within your tile layout, or cutting down large format tile into smaller unique shapes, can give you the ability to completely customize your project. An interesting tile layout will also emphasize the style of your home or can update a vintage home that may need a hint of contemporary influence. Photo: Original Style, Victorian Floor Tiles


Not a fan of bright colors or abstract shapes in your tile? Well, how about a printed or hand painted pattern tile? Printed porcelain tile has the ability to mimic natural stone, concrete, and even woodgrain, in a subtle and chic design. Using printed tile to your advantage, can transform dull floors or plain walls into vibrant accents in your home. Explore bringing in a hand painted tile for it’s absolutely unique qualities or a porcelain tile with high variation, to add depth and interest to your next project.

So get inspired, and think about your tile selection like the creative endeavor it can be!


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April / May 2016



e hear in our showroom daily, “I just bought a house and it’s wall-to-wall beige! I need to make it mine.” Tile has come a long way in the last 30 years, with bright colors, abstract patterns, unique shapes and custom styles. With these updates in mind, the options to ‘think outside the box’ and create an individual design that represents you, is more available than ever.

Don't Be Afraid of COLOR Choosing a color for your home can be a challenging yet satisfying experience. Today’s trends are pushing homeowners towards a monochromatic scheme resulting in neutral tones on white. Fear holds some people back from a splash of color that can liven up a living space and make it more personalized and enjoyable. The kitchen, for example, is a gathering place for meals. It centers on the idea of sharing and bonding over the preparation and consumption of food. Choosing a color here is a crucial element to enjoying that overall experience. From a psychological standpoint

it’s important to take into consideration your favorite color while understanding how the brain processes those colors in this particular area. Cool hues tend to make food less appetizing and can result in a curbed appetite. That being said you can enjoy those cooler blues, purples, and greens by carefully selecting where they go. For instance using the color on an accent wall or an island, accessorizing with matching jars, towels, and plates and giving it a neutral backdrop will result in a clean environment that is both functional and appealing. If your tendency is to drift to

the warmer reds, yellows, and beige tones the job becomes easier and the options for color location are more varied. Entire wall sections can be paired with warm woods and natural tiles to create a very inviting and cozy space. This has become more popular in kitchens and remains a classic style choice. Finally there is potential to enjoy a mixture of the two. By picking a warmer color, such as red, and pairing it with a cool color, like green, the area becomes very personable. The trick is to pick a cool tone that has a warmer tendency such as the yellow undertones in this red and green kitchen.

Once you have a color chosen, but before buying it by the gallon, make sure to take lighting into consideration. Take a color swatch, tape it to the desired area, and let it be for a day. Come back and look at it throughout the day to get a feel for how it reflects the light at different times. If you still love it by the end of the day it’s the color for you. No matter what you have picked remember color is one of the most versatile things you can change in your home environment. If you feel like it’s not working for you five years from now you can just pick another color and revamp your space all over again.

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

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For Healthy Skin, Know when to Toss Old Makeup Cheryl Lohman Over-the-counter makeup is not required to carry expiration dates. Some cosmetic companies perform stability tests and stamp a freshness date on their products, but most skip the time and 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 skin infections 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). Use a disposable applicator, sponge or cotton swab rather than your finger to apply cosmetics to minimize bacterial transfer. 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.

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Eye shadow: liquids 12 months, powders 24 months Lipstick: 12 to 24 months

Blush and powder: creams 12 months, powder 24 months Foundation: oil-free 12 months, moisturizing 18 months Concealers: liquid 12 months, stick 18 months

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!

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 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. Cheryl Lohman, licensed Esthetician and Permanent

Makeup Specialist in Corvallis and is a member in good standing of the SPCP. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at

Counseling for Joy offers family and individual therapy for improved relationships, moods, past traumas and desires for change. Compassionate, neuroscience-informed approaches to healing and change. Start your journey to a better place.

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Here Comes the Sun, Are You Ready? Dr. Keith Neaman, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Neaman Plastic Surgery You may wonder why the sun’s rays are bad for your skin when they feel so warm and cozy. While the warmth from the sun is comforting, its risks are serious. In honor of the American Academy of Dermatology’s nationally designated Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® in May, we’ve put together some advice about how to take care of your skin.

skin damage. Use a cleanser, exfoliating scrub and oil control or toner to help control your skin’s pH.

The sun accelerates aging and increases your risk of skin cancer. UV light can disrupt collagen and break down your skin’s elastin, which results in the skin stretching, wrinkling or sagging; and also causes brown spots and melasma. While sun damage may not show when you are young, the effects from early sun exposure can cause early aging during your later years of life.

If you think sunscreen is your only route for preventing future skin damage, think again. In addition to wearing sunscreen daily, the latest research shows that Retinol is stepping back into the limelight as a key skin care ingredient with tremendous benefits. Retinols help protect from future damage, visibly erase fine lines, lessen browns spots and improve overall skin texture.

How should I protect myself from the sun? Do you apply sunscreen every morning? The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that every day we apply sunscreen with:

The train has left the station. How can I reverse the visible sun damage that I have already sustained? Once sun damage has occurred, medical-grade skin care programs do have the ability to correct this. Options include:

• Broad-spectrum protection (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater • Water resistance

• Pigment-reducing agents such as Hydroquinone or natural products such as Alpha Arbutan • Laser skin rejuvenation treatment with the Spectra™ Laser by Lutronic • Retinol-based products to reduce fine lines and help improve the elasticity of the skin

If you apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and every two hours thereafter (more if you are swimming or sweating), you’re taking the best precautionary steps to protect your skin. Don’t forget to select clothing, cosmetic products, contact lenses and glasses that offer UV protection. Some product lines such as ZO Skin Health have sunscreen with a tinted primer. What would be considered essential to a good skin care program? Your daily skin care routine should focus on three things: keeping skin healthy, preventing premature aging and avoiding future


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I recommend you look for products with antioxidants such as Vitamin C that can stop premature aging and visible pigment from forming, keeping your skin looking healthy and revitalized.

After treatment, will my brown spots recur if I go back into the sun? Once the brown spots have disappeared through treatment, they are gone for good. This doesn’t mean that new ones won’t form. You’ll need to be diligent about wearing sunscreen and protecting yourself with a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing when you are outside. What is your favorite beauty tip to keep looking young? April / May 2016

performing Spectra treatment

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Starting earlier is always easier. Patients who choose to adhere to a regular medical-grade skin care regiment combined with regular laser treatments usually keep that tight and youthful skin into the later years of life.

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Grand Opening Night of Beauty April 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Filler and Botox Seminar May 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP to or 503.364.5033

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For those with more advanced wrinkles, newer technology microneedling devices with radiofrequency energy such as Infini by Lutronic have shown promising results.

T Katie Porter, RN BSN and Dr. Keith Neaman, MD

Dr. Keith Neaman, board certified plastic surgeon, founded Neman Plastic Surgery (NPS) & MediSpa in Salem, Oregon in 2015. NPS is the only full-service clinic in Oregon’s MidWillamette Valley that offers both a medispa experience and plastic surgery services from a board certified plastic surgeon. NPS medical professionals specialize in a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to help patients achieve health, wellness and beauty. For more information, visit or call 503.364.5033.

The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, welcomes over 160,000 guests annually and proudly hosts hundreds of conferences and performances each year. Key Features: • 40,000 Square Feet of Dedicated Event Space • Largest Art Gallery in Willamette Valley • High-Tech Audio Visual Capabilities • 1,200 Person Auditorium • 200 Seat Lecture Hall • Multi-Purpose Rooms • Executive Boardroom Interested in upcoming events? Scan the QR Code or visit

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Chai Tea Pecan Ice Cream

spring recipes

Contributing Chef Victoria Jansen


1 cup milk, plus ¼-½ cup of milk Two chai tea bags 1 black tea bag 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup pecans, plus ⅓ cup pecans 8 oz mascarpone 1 cup of heavy whipping cream 1/3 a cup of sugar 1 tablespoon candied ginger, chopped

1. To make the

base combine the milk, tea bags, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and ½ cup of pecans into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for at least and hour, or until cool. The longer the mixture steeps, the more developed the flavors will become. I like to leave it for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Once the mixture

has steeped, remove the tea bags and strain into a bowl. Using a food processor, blend the pecans with ¼-½ cup of milk until a smooth paste has formed.


3. In a separate

bowl, beat the whipping cream, mascarpone and sugar till fluffy. Fold the strained milk and pecan paste into the cream and mascarpone mixture.

4. Pour the ice

cream base into the ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.

5. Once the ice

cream is done, fold the remainder of the pecans and the candied ginger into the ice cream.

6. Serve

immediately or store and freeze for later.

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The Dining Guide

Mama’s Italian

Fine Italian Food & Wine Shop

Fresh salads, soups, scallopini, cacciatore, chicken, shrimp, beef & veal along with other local favorites like beef stroganoff make for a fantastic dining experience.

Pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked turkey and smoked ham, all done in-house. Wednesday and Saturday, we add St. Louis cut, dry rub, slow smoked ribs and honey glazed chicken thighs. Friday is Santa Maria Tri-tip cooked over open oak wood fire. Sunday is strictly a plated brunch menu from 9-2. Closed Monday.

Pizzas made in-house to order. And don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli for dessert! 4:00 -- 8:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs 4:00 -- 9:00 Fri & Sat

We're a brew pub and, we're a bit field to table, Big River Grain's mill is around the corner, that's where we get all of our flours and grains that we process ourself.

A large selection of Italian favorites prepared using the finest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and more.

50 West Oak St. Lebanon 541-451-5050

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

We happen to be 100% dedicated gluten free. But 65 % of our customer base isn't gluten free. Oh, and BEST chocolate chips cookies ever! 4455 NE Highway 20 Corvallis 541-758-5953

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

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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.

Open for dinner Mon. - Thurs. 5:00 -- 10:00 Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:00 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

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The Painted Lady Refined Modern American

Featuring quality local ingredients in our Northwest Rustic WoodFired menu. 100% local wine list. Craft beers. Spirits and specialty cocktails. House shrubs, syrups, and nonalcoholic beverages. Reducing our footprint with our sustainable waste composting program. Open Wed-Sun for Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday Brunch. 503 S Trade St/Highway 99, Amity 503-835-5170

Let us treat you to a special evening with a menu inspired by our farmers and service that will pamper you and your guest. The Painted Lady is more than a restaurant, it’s an experience to remember. Wed. -- Sun. 5 - 10 pm Reservations Required

201 So. College St. Newberg 503-538-3850

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

In Newport’s Historic Nye Beach 541-574-8134

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. 7am to 9pm Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm Sunday 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

The Chowder Bowl


Our menu is based on the foods that our farmer/neighbors grow: seasonal, and regional. Many of the wines that we feature come from just down the road. We are committed to using the best ingredients, and our menu changes as we move through the seasons of the year. We believe in using the highest quality and most healthful ingredients available and use organic, free range and chemical free products. Dinner Nightly 5:00 pm - Close Lunch Tues - Fri 11:30 - 2:00

Since 1980 we’ve served our delicious milk based chowder. Our recipe is so good we’ve been featured on the Today Show, in Coastal Living Magazine, and we recently won the Newport News Times “Best Clam Chowder.” We also serve burgers, salads, and more. You owe yourself a visit to the Chowder Bowl.

728 NW Beach Dr. Newport (Nye Beach)

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Le Patissier

Vive la France ! 541-752-1785


French Pastry Savory Dishes Dinner Events All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.

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April 4/9, 5:00PM - India Night 4/12, 7:00PM - The Other Side - Athletics Talent Show 4/16, 5:30PM - Hui O Hawaii - Luau 4/24, 3:00PM - Corvallis Youth Symphony Spring Concert 4/27, 7:00PM - KRKT Mystery Concert 4/29, 7:30PM - Sentimental Journey– The Emerald City Jazz Kings 4/30, 6:30PM & 9:00PM - MUPC Moms & Family Weekend Comedy Show May 5/1, 3:00PM - Vadym Kholodenko - Corvallis-OSU Piano International 5/6, 5:00PM - Saudi Night 5/7, 7:30PM - Spring Drag Show 5/18, 7:30PM - OSU Bands Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble 5/24, 7:00PM - Song of the Night: Corvallis-OSU Symphony 5/30, 7:00PM - Memorial Day Concert


April 4/7, 3:00PM - Starker Lecture Series 4/20, 6:00PM - Spring Arts Talk 4/21 - 4/22, ALL DAY - Middle School Band Festival 4/23, 12:00PM - Thin Green Line 4/28, 4:00PM - Distinguished Lecture Series 4/29, 1:30PM - Naval ROTC Spring Awards May 5/2 - 5/5, 7:00PM - Holocaust Memorial Week 5/3 - 5/4, 9:00AM - Natural History Discovery Days 5/10, 6:00PM - "10 Years - 1,000,000 Secrets - 1 Night" 5/11 - 5/14, ALL DAY - OSAA State Band Championships 5/16, ALL DAY - Parenting Educators Conference 5/18, 6:00PM - Michelle Grabner-Visiting Artist Lecture 5/31, 6:30PM - Crop and Soil Science Awards Buffet 6/2, 11:00AM - COE Golden Jubilee Lunch

The first “printmaking only” exhibit, featuring more than 20 artists from across Oregon, Washington and Montana.


April • 3/23 - 4/22, The Print Makers Hand Exhibit • 4/1, 6:30PM, Reception for The Print Makers Hand Exhibit May • 4/26 - 5/26, Loosely Bound: A Ten Year Creative Journey • 4/26, 6:30PM, Reception for Loosely Bound: A Ten Year Creative Journey

A second look at twelve group challenges created in the past ten years.

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Willamette Living April / May 2016  

Our Spring Home & Garden Issue with home tips from local pros, food, the arts, fun in the great outdoors and more. Enjoy

Willamette Living April / May 2016  

Our Spring Home & Garden Issue with home tips from local pros, food, the arts, fun in the great outdoors and more. Enjoy