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Joanna has been coming to The Corvallis Clinic for 11 years, through two childbirths and for all her women’s health medical care, despite moving to the Portland area a decade ago. “My doctor is extraordinary. All the doctors I’ve met here are very knowledgeable, and they go above and beyond for you.” Being exceptional doctors, ours realize how important listening, open-mindedness, and respect are to a patient’s well-being. Joanna’s doctor is board certified. This certification assures expertise and experience you can rely on in all 27 primary care and specialty fields at The Corvallis Clinic. Call Find-a-Physician: 541-754-1368

“They are very accommodating and schedule my tests at the same time as my doctor’s visit. It saves so much time.” Having all the key services, all in one place, saves our patients time, and eliminates the hassle of scheduling and keeping multiple appointments at multiple locations. “It’s such a comfortable place, with up-to-date resources, and caring people.”

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FEATURES 41 The Gift Guide

Our Annual Collection of Great, Local Gift Suggestions.

47 Antiquing in the Valley Some standouts in the antique biz.



28 Meet the Vintner

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74 Our Annual Medical,

Health & Wellness Guide Local Docs and Fitness Pros to Start your 2014 Right.


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

The Mid-Size Member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV Family Classed as a mid-size SUV, the GLK is a key member of the successful Mercedes-Benz SUV family that includes the full-size M-Class, which spurred the trend toward more car-like SUVs, as well as the larger GL-Class and the rough-and-tough G-Class. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is just the right size for today’s family, whether they’re making a cross-country trip or running errands across town. Following its 2009 debut in the small sport-utility category, the

new GLK became one of the most fuel-efficient MercedesBenz vehicles ever produced, and it’s also the most agile member of the Mercedes SUV family. Like nearly all Mercedes passenger vehicles, the GLK features four-wheel independent suspension worthy of a sports car. With available 4MATIC fulltime four-wheel drive and respectable ground clearance for off-road driving, its integrated running boards, roof rack and skid plates emphasize the versatile SUV character of the GLK.

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programs, including Meals on Wheels and pet therapy visits to nursing homes and senior care facilities. Offering a comprehensive behavioral training series and specialty classes for dogs.

As a non profit organization that does not receive any government funding for the work that it does, SafeHaven Humane Society is supported by donations, special events/ fundraisers and adoption fees. Community members can make an impact by donating cash or Wish List items to the organization. Donations are tax deductible. You may also shop their SafeHaven Downtown Pet Boutique & Home Décor at 225 Second Ave SW in downtown Albany where you’ll find a variety of items for pets and unique décor items for your home. Mark your calendar SafeHaven’s annual De-Sex in the City event will be held Feb. 4, 2014 at the Linn County Expo Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and children age 12 and under are free. The event includes a spay-ghetti dinner and dessert auction. All proceeds benefit SafeHaven Humane Society’s spay & neuter programs. For details, visit

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From the Publisher

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Welcome to our biggest issue ever! We’re very happy this season to see Willamette Living Magazine continue “I’m really impressed with your magazine. One to grow. People are loving it, and we word I’d use is “relieved” to find such a high are loving that people are loving it! quality piece that is independently owned and published that truly portrays the place which we call home---the Willamette Valley.” Nicole Miller, Word’s Out PR “Word of mouth is my best advertising medium, but my other favorite is Willamette Living. Willamette Living is my only form of advertising I use, and it works great for me. I love being in the magazine!” Lynn Kirchner, Common Sense Pilates

When I started out, I thought to myself, OK maybe not so much to myself, but I digress... what I thought was that there are a ton of great events, interesting people, foodie things and “just interesting things” going on in the valley to fill a magazine. Wow, watch what you ask for! This issue is brimming with all of the above.

“I just wanted to let you know that in my opinion, this is the best ever issue. I found things not only pertinent to me, but I also think helpful information for many readers.”

The valley is awash in fun holiay events, we’ve brought you just a tiny fraction of what’s afoot around here. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Have a joyous holiday season, and a happy new year, we’ll be back with our February / March issue. Insider hint: we have a lot planned for 2014!

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A suggested health plan for the holidays

Rather than take the traditional path of telling you to eat less, and healthier and to get more physical activity. I want to take you in a different direction. Giving of oneself during this time of year is a very healthy thing to do. Tim Kasser PhD, a Knox college psychology professor has done a lot of research on what makes for a truly Merry Christmas. Kasser has spent most of his career studying what makes people happy and less stressed around this time of year. His data confirms what researchers, and a lot of us have known, and felt for years. A happy, healthy holiday season “feels” better when we give more of ourselves to others and community in various ways. “The healthy Power of doing good” How volunteering can help you as well as others For hundreds of years. Before the industrial age, we’ve always stepped up to help our neighbors and people in need. Whether it’s been helping a friend, a neighbor, or belonging to an organized volunteer group. We’ve been there to help others. The altruistic side of us that helps make us whole has been a powerful part of our community’s and country’s fabric. But for years health researchers have looked at the biological implications of why we volunteer, and perhaps why we keep doing it. It feels good to give of oneself. The father of stress, Dr. Hans Selye studied people’s immune systems, and their hormone levels, in bad and good situations. In his research going clear back to the 30’s, he found that people who gave of themselves to others, had a good overall sense of

contribution, a sense of purpose had healthy immune systems. He called this way of behaving “altruistic egoism.” In his first book, “The Stress of Life” and when consulting with patients, he would write and talk about advocating this way of life. Giving to others he saw helped people find peace of mind, and calmed their immune systems down. This was the beginning of understanding that volunteering was helping the helper keep their own stress rates down. While boosting their own sense of wellbeing.

In health and disease, medical researchers called epidemiologists study large populations of people and look at lifestyle factors that contribute to being ill or being healthy. In several long on-going studies it clearly shows that people who volunteer (overall) have less risk factors for heart disease, and even some cancers. In these studies, and several isolated studies in this area, the big difference in being healthy or having some risk factors (high blood pressure, cholesterol, cortisol levels) has to with being social. People who are socially integrated tend to be healthier. People who volunteer in small or larger situations tend be healthier in their later years and have a better quality of life. The new world of PNI (Psycho-neuroimmunology) and the altruistic ego. This new area of understanding how the brain is connected to the body through the immune system helps health researchers clearly understand why volunteering give us this “helpers high.” Our thoughts and emotions emote positive or negative hormones. When we are giving, and connected to others, our brains send happy messages that flood our

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Thoughts and feelings trigger these neurotransmitters. This is what Selye learned 60 years ago. When we feel like we’re contributing, living a life with purpose, we have a more balanced and healthier immune system. Is volunteering and it’s health benefits dosage related?

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system with “happy hormones” ( oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin). When we’re alone, and isolated we live without purpose, meaning, contribution, the illness hormones (cortisol, norepinephrine, too much insulin) increase and create major chronic illnesses.

Is volunteering like other healthy pursuits where we have a daily, weekly recommendation or suggested dose? Researchers have looked at this from an healthy aging perspective. There doesn’t seem to one recommended amount of time, days per week. In fact the good news is it doesn’t seem to be too late to start volunteering even if you’re 70+. If you’re already experiencing these good healthy feelings from volunteering, I don’t have to motivate you to keep it up. If you haven’t been, and want to get reconnected, and re-engaged with community again, then let’s get started. It may be just what you as well as the people you serve need. And starting now during the holiday season which has become so driven by consumerism, this may be just the gift your health needs to make you feel healthier and happier. Happy holidays! Mike Waters is the Director of Health Promotion for Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis email him at:

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The Elves at Teal Artist’s Co-op have been busy! On the corner of 2nd. and Jefferson in Downtown Corvallis, the space has been transformed. Each year the artists of Teal Artist’s Co-op select a vacant space, transform it, and fill it with their wonderful works. Pay them a visit this holiday season and find a very special gift, or maybe give yourself a little treat? It’s local shopping at it’s finest! They’ll be open through December 28th. Willamette Living Magazine


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Of course it depends on what the “As-Is” really is. If your home is from 2005 and you took perfectly good care of it chances are your “As-Is” is close to perfect and there is either nothing or little to repair or update as a preparation of the sale. More often than not, homes are older and have old windows, old kitchens, the orange or green shag carpet from 1975 or countertops with blue swirls in them, roofs that are on their last legs etc etc. Sellers then often reason that a new owner should implement “their own taste” and that they just want out. Unfortunately in this situation, sellers don’t always like the fact that the price needs to be appropriately lower… and offers might be disappointingly low. After all, what a seller does not want to fix a buyer has to. There are updates and changes that will give a seller a great return on investment. Here are a few: •

New windows. You might be pleasantly surprised what the cost is to replace all windows. New windows are not only more energy efficient, they look clean and fresh and buyers very much appreciate them. Buyers also very much dislike old windows, this is a big turn off!

Countertops: You do not always have to replace countertops. Often they can be resurfaced for a low price. BTW, this also is possible for sinks and bathtubs.

Hardware: Even an older kitchen can be spruced up easily, effectively and inexpensively with new hardware. Any hardware store has a selection of hardware that fits the style and current tastes. Just make sure that the boreholes line up…

Light fixtures: still have the brass chandelier from 1989? Exchange it! Nobody asks for designer fixtures but an up to date look in the lighting department will enhance your home, especially at this time of the year when showings might take place at a time of day when interior light is needed.


can have it professionally cleaned. If you have remnants from installation, and have damage or stains now, there is a company that will remove the damaged part and repair the carpet using your remnant, and it looks very good!

hinking about selling in 2014? Now is a great time to prepare! When preparing to sell a home, sellers often ask about updates. Should they put money in before the sale or sell “As-Is”?

Carpet: While this is a bigger ticket item carpet that is smelly, stained or flat out ancient should be replaced and in most cases buyers will prefer getting a home with new carpet rather than a carpet allowance. Contrary to often encountered beliefs the desire of a buyer to have an exotic color rather than a neutral one in the house is highly unusual therefore the risk in renewing a neutral color carpet is very, very low. If your carpet is in basically good shape you Willamette Living Magazine

Paint: You might have loved that purple sponge paint job in your living room you put in in the 80s but hopefully it does not come as a huge surprise that this is not current and common taste anymore. Neutral wall colors help buyers to concentrate on the parts of a home that are fixed and most important: location, layout, size….

Landscaping: you never get a second chance at first impressions! Landscaping is your properties business card, the first thing people see when they approach. Having a professional landscaper taking care is much less expensive than you might think and has a great effect. Time a complete overhaul close to launching your listing for the best effect in photos, early showings and your first open house.

Small repairs: If you get a pre-sale inspection or not, chances are you know very well that there is dry rot on the siding, or the porch pillars. Some caulking would be a good idea and a vent screen for the crawl space is torn. Repair it! It is cheap to do and prevents drama after the buyer gets his inspection report back.

There are of course plenty more projects possible but in general these measures can be done comparably inexpensively and with a huge return on investment. With the exception of new carpet most of these measures can be done with a budget of about $5000-7000 in a house of 1000-1300sqft. The return in form of a higher sales price is much higher! So when you are thinking of selling take a good look at your merchandise and make it look as attractive as possible when you put it out there to find a new owner. A professional stager can help you find the right colors and materials and a consultation is much less expensive than you think. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014

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Megan McQueen Megan lives in Covallis and is the owner of “La Petit Vie” natural personal care products. From her website: “Everything is made in tiny batches to allow for the ultimate in freshness and quality. We follow time-tested recipes for cold-process soap. Using sustainable oils, we create soaps in small batches that cure for about a month before shipping.”

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What is your favorite thing about the holidays? I am surrounded by young children. My daughters are 6 and 3 and I teach kindergartners. I love the excitement and anticipation that they have. I also enjoy the feeling of wanting to express love for others in a tangible way. What is your favorite thing about living in the Willamette Valley? I love connecting with the seasons and the abundance of great food. This is a gorgeous place to live and raise a family. What are you looking forward to in 2014? I have some traveling plans in the dreaming stage. I hope to expand La Petite Vie’s wholesale market in new venues. How did you get into making your line of personal care products? I began making natural products years ago as I learned about the negative effects of chemicals on our bodies. I had health issues that could be related to endocrine disruptors and tried to cut out as many toxins as I could, starting with what I put inside my body and including what I put on the outside. Any new products on the way? I’m always experimenting with new soap scents, I think next will be a lavender + grapefruit blend. I am hoping to perfect a natural lotion soon! What’s your favorite scent? Ever since traveling to France, I’m transported back there to the lavender fields when I smell lavender. I also love the heady scent of jasmine. It reminds me of my roots in Florida. If you could have coffee with one person, any person, who would it be? Hmmmm…do I have to choose just one? The Dalai Lama. I founded a chapter of Students for a Free Tibet as a college student. I’d love to talk with HH, the Dalai Lama to be inspired to help the human rights in Tibet and also to inspire some more calmness and compassion in my own life. If you could eat only 5 things for a month, what would they be? Chocolate A good, strong cheese Crisp, juicy apples from La Mancha. Olives Dungeness crab What do you want Santa to bring you? Of course, what I want most is a happy healthy family. But beyond that, I’d love some new books, cozy yarn to knit, and maybe a little sparkle (probably in the form of glitter on a kid-made gift). Anything else you’d like our readers to know about you? I am so grateful for this community of support in the Willamette Valley. To share, La Petite Vie donates a bar of soap for every bar purchased to the Community Outreach Shelter in Corvallis. I love being able to give back and help everyone feel that they deserved to be pampered.

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Scroggin’s Mill Scroggin’s Mill is located in Lebanon, Oregon and was originally known as The Lebanon Warehouse built in 1881. It later acquired its current name via a marriage of a subsequent owner. After a long and active history, Scroggin’s Mill was abandoned and nothing but an interesting building remained. To save the building from destruction, a group was formed called The Scroggin’s Mill Rural Heritage. They secured a loan and bought the


property. With this action there was a collective cheer of triumph followed by a collective, “What now?” The group of plucky restorationists decided to make Scroggin’s Mill into a museum of Lebanon history, which currently doesn’t exist, a community room, and a public park. This endeavor, however, is easier said than done. It’s all about money and labor, both

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of which are hard to come by. On the positive side, awareness on Facebook has more than doubled in the last year as well as Scroggin’s membership. Efforts are being made to raise money to implement an engineering study for structural assessment, supplies for beatification, as well as the building of museum displays. To volunteer, donate, or for a free tour go to or check us out on Facebook.

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“Mark Allison and Lee Kitzman: Visions in Paint and Clay” will be open December 6, 2013 through January 18, 2014 at Benton County Museum in Philomath, Oregon. Please join us for an artist reception on Friday Dec. 6, from 5-7:00pm. Mark Allison and Lee Kitzman are both artists and educators at heart. Kitzman taught art classes, including ceramics, for 23 years at the Children’s Farm Home and later at Corvallis High School. Allison has worked as an art instructor at Linn Benton Community College from 1994 continuously to the present. “A good teacher is a good student who has learned to find that place inside where the distinction between work and play disappear, where there is a total absorption in the interplay between paint and thought, a living, breathing, active awareness that moves us progressively through changes” reflects Allison. Kitzman is a master potter with diverse talents creating ceramics. His specialty is Japanese-influenced raku. “It’s all about attempting to do the absolute best quality,” Kitzman said. Recently, Kitzman has been working with new glazes and both low fire and high fire techniques on raku plaques and stoneware. Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past AND present! Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon. It strives to enrich people’s lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4:30pm. Please call (541) 929-6230 for more information or visit the web site at

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Meet the Vintner : Jim Bernau Scott Alexander :: Photos Dennis Rivera


illamette Valley Vineyards is one of the most successful wineries in Oregon. The reason for this is obvious, simple in fact, it’s just two words: Jim Bernau. Of course, that’s not to take anything away from the polished, professional staff that greeted us with a flood of hospitality. We were presented with a textbook knowlege of wine and an ability to compare, contrast, explain and deliver the story with a flair that would make any Academy Award Winner jealous. We arrived for our 10 o’clock a bit early, we waited until 10, on the dot. Jim appeared and it became immediately clear why Willamette Valley Vineyards does so well. Our first order of business was a tour of the winery. And what a winery it is. Nearing completion of a multimillion dollar upgrade, the property


now includes a vast tasting room. Tasting arena might be a more appropriate word, with two tasting bars, a demonstration kitchen for the full time chef who will be offering food pairings, seating for hundrerds of visitors, a special club room, a new office for Jim and even a wine vault - a personal wine vault that is accessible from the office. One can only imagine the nectar of the Gods that will be stashed away in there. Outdoors there’s a new patio with a view that is pretty hard to beat, seating for intimate events, and even hospitality suites for those who care to stay a while. Who, as far as I can tell, would include everyone! Having spent just a few minutes with Jim, it was clear he is very focused, and driven. Our tour was not a leisurly stroll. Some may have taken the opportunity to boast and point out

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Jim sharing the bounty with guests.

the amazing things that have been accomplished at the winery, not Jim. We literally had to make an effort to keep up with him as he bolted through the new cellar and tasting room with the intensity of a major league coach. Even though the winery is a household name on a firm footing, ships wine to 50 states and multiple foreign countries, and has a 5000

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member wine club, Jim says he’s still “just getting started.” Good lord. We concluded our tour and made our way to a conference room to sit down and chat. On the way, we ran into a group from China who were touring the winery. Jim made a point of stopping, and shaking the hand of every member of the tour, thanking them for visiting, and letting them know that he had just shipped two containers of wine to China the day before. They were all very impressed, and so were we. Grandpa Hilton wrote the book on customer service, but I think I know who I’d nominate to write the second volume. The Willamette Valley Vineyards story is well known around these parts. But in case you haven’t heard... Back in the day, the day before there were wineries in Oregon, Jim’s dad represented one of the first guys to break ground and stick in a grape vine. He’d been a student at UC Davis who thought that maybe Pinot Noir might grow pretty well in Oregon’s cool climate, packed up his truck and headed north. He needed legal counsel to assure his plan to sell wine was going to be go over well with the powers that be; Jim’s dad was his lawyer. Mr. Bernau (Dad) would proclaim “some day Oregon will be

covered with wine grapes.” Well, young Jim took that to heart, and he has almost covered the state with wine grapes! Originally, (and now actually) Jim approached his wine project with the spirit of a man possessed. He bought the property in Turner where the winery now sits, and a tractor -- while living in a second floor apartment. He had to keep the tractor on a neighboring farm for a bit. With no money for irrigation, he went and bought himself a bunch of hoses, screwed them together, and hauled them up and down the hills in the vineyard to water the vines by hand. We’re not talking about “rolling” hills either, we’re talking hills! It worked. The real stroke of genius behind the business was Jim’s idea to go public. Initially raising in the neighborhood to $5,000,000 to get rolling, the business now has a market cap. in the neighborhood of $30,000,000. Not bad. I haven’t checked for a while, but if one were to dig out an old paper dictionary and look up “personable,” there would likely be a photo of Mr. Bernau. He has an aura of “let’s get this done together becuse it will be really cool, and it’s the right thing to do” -- if one can have such an aura.

Once Student Body President at U of O, Jim is clearly very politically astute, equally at home with his young employees, magazine publishers, or with the Governor of Oregon. So much so, that we found ourselves having dinner with the Governor of Oregon a couple of nights after our meeting. Jim graciously invited us to his wine release event while we were talking -- it was spectacular. Jim is a champion for the Oregon artisan food movement. Beginning, of course, with wine, but also beyond wine. He told us a story about how on a recent trip to Tuscany, he’d met a pig farmer who offered full meals at his farm, wine, cheese, breads and all sorts of local treasures, and it was great. So, here in Oregon, the land of James Beard, Jim is all for the artisan food movement that is afoot, and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will be instrumental in assisting small farmers and producers to move toward generating a sustainable living. Red tape, look out, Jim’s coming. We had a great time at dinner with Jim, and Governor Kitzhaber, and while he never said anything about it, nor indicated anything about it... it would be no surprise to see Governor Bernau on the ballot some day. He has our vote.

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Save the Date!

SpringRidge at Charbonneau Invites Seniors to Come “Home for the Holidays” At SpringRidge at Charbonneau, a resort-style senior living community in Wilsonville, an engaging social, recreational and wellness lifestyle are just some of the gifts residents enjoy all year long. On Sunday, December 8th, the community invites prospective residents and their families to experience SpringRidge’s extraordinary lifestyle by coming “home for the holidays.” SpringRidge will host its annual “Home for the Holidays” tour of homes event on December 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In addition to viewing some spectacularly decorated residences, enjoying holiday hors d’oeuvres and festive entertainment, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the full continuum of care offered at SpringRidge at Charbonneau. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), SpringRidge at Charbonneau’s award-winning continuum of care campus includes a variety of spacious one- and two-bedroom fully equipped Independent Living residences, as well as licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care. Nestled within the master-planned community of Charbonneau, SpringRidge at Charbonneau’s lushly landscaped campus includes resort-style amenities such as a 12-hour restaurant, continental café, fully equipped exercise/fitness center, enclosed heated swimming pool and spa, library, billiard/game room, beauty salon and barbershop and more. The campus community is comprised of 180 one- and two-bedroom independent living residences, 70 studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living residences and 14 memory care suites. To learn more about SpringRidge at Charbonneau or to schedule a personal appointment, please call (503) 388-4072 or visit

What inspires a life well lived? Isn’t it all the special moments? Like waking up in your charming residence. Being greeted by name, with a warm smile. A great meal in stylish surroundings with good friends. An energizing workout or invigorating swim. The newfound ease of living in the midst of everything you love. And the assurance that tomorrow’s care needs can be managed for you, right here at home. This is retirement living, enriched and unencumbered – tailored to you.

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Over the River

And Through the Woods “Over the river and through the woods To grandmother’s* house we go The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through the white and drifting snow.” Lydia Maria Child Driving to the coast recently, that song popped into my head. My husband and I were driving through the late autumn forest of alders, Douglas firs and western sword ferns. This scene reminded me of the landscape my family and I travelled through to get to my grandparents’ house, so I started singing the song. So many of my memories involve plants and nature but considering my family and career, that shouldn’t surprise me. Being surrounded by nature relaxes me. Sometimes I just need to take a break from work, chores and hobbies to simply appreciate the natural world that surrounds me. Perhaps it is the full landscape in my own back yard, the mushrooms, moss and native plants on our hike through the coastal forest, or simply the blooming orchid on the windowsill in my breakfast

nook. These things remind me to relax, breathe and be thankful. Isn’t that why we have winter? To take a break from our gardening, enjoy the fruits of our labor, and rest up for the effort that will be needed when spring arrives. I intend to make the most of this time. Oh, there will be extra cooking, entertaining, and shopping. I will be ready for a hike or even decorating the wreath for my door with clippings from my yard, just to get my fix of nature, unwind and be refreshed. Here’s hoping you get the chance to take a moment out of the bustle of the season and appreciate the wonder of the natural world that surrounds us. *the correct lyric is “grandfather’s” but this is how we sang it. 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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Hey Valley Residents, Bend has 300 days of sunshine per year!

Grab a coffee:

Thump Coffee, downtown on NW Minnesota Breakfast: Avenue. Best Cappucino I’ve had, maybe Westside Bakery & Cafe. ever. Very highly recommended. It’s where the locals have gone for years. Good, hearty breakfasts and baked goods. Kitchy decor (statue of Elvis) and friendly servers. Omlettes, pancakes, french toast and for lunch, burgers, sandwiches and more. Try the “Bachelor Benedict” you’ll have plenty of fuel for a day on the slopes!

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Back in the day, the Tower was just a funky old movie theater.Today, the Tower is a real gem. Totally restored, it’s now “Bend’s Living Room.” Lot’s of great events!

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Shopping, Shopping, Shopping: Lot’s of cool shops in downtown Bend. Check out: Hot Box Betty 903 NW Wall • 541.383.0050 JU-BEE-LEE 903 NW Wall - Suite 110 • 541.678.5671

If You’re Staying:

The Oxford, “Bend’s Eco-Chic Boutique Hotel.” Named one of’s Top 25 Hotels in the U.S. -- Not bad. Standard rooms (that aren’t so standard) and suites that are sweet! Very nice, and room rates that won’t break the bank. Bonus: Thump Coffee across the street. 10 NW Minnesota • 877.440.8436

Drake Park & Mirror Pond

Along the banks of the Deschutes River, Drake park is a beautiful city park. Great for a walk along the river, jogging, and there are lots of events year round. Home to many varieties of waterfowl, including swans, geese and of course, ducks. Historical Fact: The daily trout limit in Mirror Pond was, at one time, 100!

The Old Mill District Built on the Deschutes River banks in Bend, Oregon the Old Mill District was once home to the largest sawmill operation in the world. Now, the scenic and welcoming area boasts an extensive trail system for outdoor recreation; local, regional and national retailers; and a wide variety of dining and entertainment options.

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Miracle on 34th Liberty Street

The French Unicorn C’est Magnifique!

On your next visit to Salem’s Historic Downtown, take a moment to pop in and say hello to Ann and the girls at The French Unicorn. You’ll be amazed at the transformation of their new space. Recently they moved from the corner of Liberty and Church to their new spot, the old Ranch Records location. A very handy family, Ann (formerly a designer in Southern California), with the help of her amazingly talented

brother have refurbished the old, funky space into a stunning retail destination. Ann’s great taste doesn’t stop with the building and fixtures, the new store is filled with merchandise that is “a cut above.” Browse the fabulous scents, accessories, decor, reasonably priced and very chic fashion, and you’ll be sure to find a wonderful gift for a loved one, and we’ll bet you’ll be back after the holidays, again and again.

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37th Annual Christmas Storybook Land Event December 6-20 at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, Cascade Livestock Pavilion, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, Oregon. On Friday, December 6, Christmas Storybook Land celebrates its 37th annual event at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany from 6:30-8:30pm. Christmas Storybook Land is a free event for all ages to enjoy during the Christmas holiday season. Visitors will take a walk through the trees and view over 85 scenes from Mother Goose nursery rhymes to family movies. In addition, we have two model trains, a Victorian Village and bear country. Children can visit and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and receive a free candy cane. Visitors are encouraged to bring commercially packaged food. Last year, 25,594 packaged food items were donated to Fish of Albany for local distribution and 31,740 visitors participated in the event. Christmas Storybook Land is a nonprofit organization. Date: December 6-20, 2013 Time: Monday-Friday 6:30-8:30pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-8:30pm Friday, December 13, 3-8:30pm Friday, December 20, 1-8:30pm Location: Linn County Fair & Expo Center Cascade Livestock Pavilion 3700 Knox Butte Road Albany, OR 97322 Note: Dress warm and bring your camera! Website: Facebook: Christmas Storybook Land

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Drive-by Memories By Joal Traynor

#1 In a Series... In the Coming months, we’re proud to bring you excerpts from the book “Dedicated to the Cup - Nine Ways to Reinvent a Life!” a collection of inspiring stories from many Willamette Valley locals who have overcome adversity and reinvented their lives. Our first is from Joal Traynor, a charming fellow who was raised in the midst of gang life in California, and turned it around. 38

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MILLETTO Bonnie Milletto is a Portland, Oregon, based international speaker who finds joy in all things and loves a great cup of coffee. Her new book “Dedicated To The Cup, Nine Ways To Reinvent A Life!” is a tribute to the power of the human spirit to persevere and triumph in the face of challenging life lessons. The perfect blend of real life stories meant to inspire, encourage and motivate is now available for purchase on her website www. or on for Kindle.

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From the Book... F

rom a young age, my goal was to avoid spending time in prison, unlike my dad, brother, and so many other family members. Yet, here I sit at 2:20 a.m., locked up. The difference is that I have the keys and get to leave after my eight-hour shift at an Oregon juvenile detention center, a job that occasionally gives me the chance to get lost in the reflections of my past and current lives. When I go back home to Stockton, California, and talk to old friends and people I used to know, it’s like they’ve seen a ghost. I recently ran into one of my old coaches, and he told me he’d expected to see in the news that I was dead or in prison. He was proud that I was able to get my life straight and become a productive adult. After some of my childhood experiences, it’s no wonder people are shocked that I am still around. One distinct memory is of my five-year-old self and my brother playing with toy cars on the living room carpet. Without warning, a rival gang sprayed the house with bullets, shattering the living room window. Even though gunshots were a familiar noise in my neighborhood, it was still a scary experience. Another time, when I was 10 or 11, my mom and aunt told us kids they were going to go cut down a fresh Christmas tree for us. My mom left a big pot of Swamp Thang (pasta with Alfredo sauce) and some chicken wings, saying she would be back soon. We were happy, no doubt, because we were free to run the streets all day long. After two or three days, we ate up the food that was left for us and found other ways to eat after that. A week later, my mom and aunt showed back up with Las Vegas buckets full of coins but no Christmas tree. My

mom didn’t care if we ate or if anything happened to us, just as long as we didn’t burn the apartment building down or go to juvie hall. Some time later, we found pictures of their fun-filled trip and wild times. It felt like we were just bumps in their road, holding them back at that time. It was a life lesson and reminds me that I want to do better than my parents (with no disrespect to them), and with that, I want to raise my children with the hope that they will do better than me. To this end, my wife and I coach our children’s sports, something we both enjoy very much. I’m proud that we are the parents who are so involved, and even though they don’t say it, I know our son and daughter enjoy it when we’re there helping out or there for support, even just for all the pictures we take. When I was younger and played sports, how I wished one of my parents would come to my games. My mom made a few but worked most of the time. My dad was locked up or just too busy. My stepdad would sometimes make it, but he also worked. Sometimes my aunt Sam and Uncle Robert would come and cheer me on, and my aunt would ring the heck out of her cowbell. My older brother Jeremie was always at my games. My number one fan, he drove me to most of my baseball games. By drive, I mean on the handlebars of a bike. I wonder how the direction my life would be going today if I’d had more parental involvement. It would have been great to have my parents as coaches, especially my dad. What kid wouldn’t want his or her dad to be the coach? I would have loved to have that during my childhood years.

Believe me, I do know that it’s not easy to be a parent and that my parents did the best they could with what they had available. While being a parent is the hardest job around, it’s also the most rewarding job ever and something I wouldn’t change for the world. Some of my own positive parenting attributes and work ethic come from my paternal grandparents, who raised 15 children and a variety of grandkids. One summer, I was sent to live with them for a time. We woke up no later than 6 a.m., ate a good breakfast, and then were off to work helping my grandpa. One of our projects was to take the mortar off a building’s worth of bricks and stack them in neat piles. He worked hard to provide for his family, and he instilled in me a desire to do the same. When I think of what he endured as a black man growing up in the south in the 30s and 40s, I am especially in awe of all that he accomplished and all that he taught me. I’ve had my own share of struggles but also have so much for which to be thankful. All of these memories come flooding back as I reflect upon my life and how I’ve come to be where I am today. It makes me really want to enjoy life and the many gifts that come with it. Of course, not every day is going to be filled with sunshine and laughter, and we will have to overcome some hardships to make us better as individuals. It all comes down to personal choice. We all have the option to choose. We know right from wrong, but some of us choose to take a chance and see if Lady Luck will be on our side and guide us through. As I reflect back, Lady Luck has certainly helped guide me. I look in the mirror and am happy with the man I’ve become.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s... the... most, wonderful time of the year!

Please Enjoy our 2013


LIVING Holiday Gift Guide

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Chosen by our Editorial Staff from our local Valley Merchants Your mileage may vary, some items may no longer be available. So hurry! Before someone beats you to them!

1: a notable capacity, talent, or endowment 2: something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation 3: the act, right, or power of giving

Cozy Irish Woolens at Bridies Irish Faire in Nye Beach

Sumptuous Holiday Decor, and Garland Brand Artisan Foods at Garland Nursery in Corvallis

Honey Soaps Honey Honey and Cute Nutcrackers at For Yours in Albany

European Soaps Chic Boots and Heavenly Scents at The French Unicorn in Salem

A vintage Rolex A Classic Clock and a Swiss Knife at Anderson Jewelers in Corvallis


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Gift Packs, with stuff they actually WANT! From Fresh to You in Stayton -- check out:

Allow your skin and body to glow with botanically based lotions, body butter & foot creams. How about Gift certificates for: -lash tinting -brow shaping -facials -permanent makeup at Image by Design in Corvallis Cute Ketchup Bottle Ornaments, Fabulous Wedding Cake Cup Cake Pans, Sumptuous Honey Candles, Make Great Coffee and Slice to your heart’s content. (whew!) Go see the girls at The Ink Well in Corvallis

Le Petit Vie Body Care (See Megan’s Profile in this issue!) and Delicious Scents - Who Doesn’t like Cake Batter... Or Gin & Tonic? Go see Rebecca at Irenes’ in Corvallis

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Loose Leaf Teas -- Over 100 to Choose From! at Ivy Garden Tea Room in Albany

Cute Christmas Decor - Galore! at J & J Lighting in Albany

Herbs, Beautiful Bangles and Stuffed Gingerbread People Go see Louise at Lavender, Lace, Etc. in Albany

Gifts, Ornaments, and if someone didn’t quite make Santa’s Good Column - Coal! at ModPod in Corvalis (and it’s coal candy -- no one really gets coal!)


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Lavender Gifts, Straight From the Lavender Farm Store! at Lavender Lake Farms on 99 in Independence (Photos:

Coffee & Tea - of course, but also Seattle Chocolates in great holiday flavors like Christmas Cookie, Hot Cocoa, and Candy Cane, and Gift Packs! at Oregon Coffee & Tea in Corvallis

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Shop Albany’s 1st Street Boutiques

Seta France Candles, Cool Jewels, Party Shoes, and Tempting Timepieces at Second Glance in Corvallis

For Yours 327 1st. Ave W. 541-791-1844

Scarves, Dashing Shoes, Ties, Solid Colognes, and Hop Lip Balm! at The Alley in Corvallis

Lavender, Lace, Etc. 327 1st. Ave W. 541-979-2000

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Sweet Scarves, Accessories, & Cute Outfits. at The Annex in Corvallis

Beautiful, Upscale Clothing, Accessories, Scents, and Gifts at Zooey’s in Corvallis



Christmas Day, or Any Day...

Diamonds are a girls best friend. Candles Cleverly Disguised as Cupcakes, Cute Snowmen, Wine Accessories, and Gourmet Specialty Foods at Village Blossoms in Albany


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Gifts • Repairs • Watches • Collectibles • Custom Work 722 S. Main St. Downtown Lebanon ! Gold y u b We


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Antiquing in

The Valley We took a little cruise around, and found some great antique stores in the Willamette Valley. Here are some of our picks...

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Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage

14971 1st St. NE Aurora, OR (503) 678-6083

Cone Ball Antiques Good Things Antiques

Find some nice, interesting old furniture here. Not a big store, but there’s some quality merchandise worth a look. 189 Liberty St. NE (In the Reed Opera House Bldg.) Salem, OR (503) 569-4768


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The name is a combination of the proprieter’s Mother’s maiden names - two old American families from “back East.” The owner told us he grew up in eastern museums. That’s evident in his selection of museum quality, and delightful, antiques from lamps, to sculpture, furniture, glassware and more. 80 E Broadway Eugene, OR (541) 338-7120

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Engelberg Antiks

A walk down memory lane, Engelberg Antiks has pretty much one of everything. A fun store where you can definitely spend some serious time looking around. 148 Liberty St. NE Salem, OR (503) 363-8155

Hidden Treasures

Furniture, Trains, Household Items, and more, a nice little store in Downtown Lebanon. 764 S. Main St Lebanon, OR (541) 259-6203

Main St. Mercantile

Three floors of collectibles, furnishings, decor and novelties. An amazing store. If you’re an antique shopper, this is a bucket list item for sure. One of our fave’s: the Beaver Hot Line Phone. They have a few in case you know a few Beavers who need one -- you can call each other! 21610 Main St. NE Aurora, OR (503) 678-1044

Oak St. Vintage A “hip” store with lots of cool stuff, run by a young couple who have great taste in mid-century pieces. Go take a look! 152 W 5th Ave Eugene, OR (541) 345-1883

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Winter's Look Photos: Isabella Medina Model: Laura Jansen

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.â&#x20AC;? George R.R. Martin

One kind word can warm three winter months. Japanese Proverb

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“See Things In A Different Light” Looking for Holiday Decor? In addition to our extensive, year-round selection of lighting, and decor, J&J electric carries a wonderful assortment of seasonal merchandise. Come on by and load your sleigh. Happy Holidays from all of us at J&J!

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5 Tips to

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Sips of inspiration to soothe the soul

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Treat yourself the way you would treat the most important person in your life. To be happy you need to learn to appreciate, be kind and loving to yourself.

Powerful stories, many from local contributors, who overcame adversity to reinvent their lives will move and inspire you.



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ASK A DESIGNER Stress-Free, Sensible and Simple Holidays


reparing to entertain in your home at the holidays can be simple, sensible and stressfree – really! Here are some ideas sure to cheer your guests and make their holiday visit to your home their best visit of the year. Specializing in:

Simpler is better. Especially when trying to squeeze holiday home décor plans in between work, travel, family and shopping. Even if you didn’t shop during last year’s post-holiday sales for steeply discounted holiday décor, there are many ways to keep expenses in check while making your holiday home a treat for your guests’ senses.


By choosing just a few decoration types throughout your house, clutter can be minimized and setting up and putting away will be quicker and easier. For instance nothing spruces up rooms quite like garlands. There are so many options! Collect fir boughs or pine cones to create your own natural swags and garlands. Add twinkling lights for a little sparkle and glow. Garlands can be simple or ornate depending on your available time and energy. Garlands of cranberries and popcorn, holiday cards, wrapping paper chains, ribbons or hand tied bows hung over door frames, windows, wrapped around banisters or used as a centerpiece in the middle of the dining room table, are the quintessential staple of holiday decorating.

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styles, counter surfaces, light fixtures, floor coverings, and other materials that you select for your remodel. Multiple angles of the room can be shown, and it’s really fun to be able to see how all the selections come together. As a designer, I can detail as little or as much of your space as you like. It’s really up to each person in terms of how far they’d like to take their design project. Furniture and other interior design elements can also be placed into the 3-D scene. This is really helpful when you are considering a whole house makeover. A lot of manufacturers now make their product selections available to download into our 3-D software. So, you can actually see what that Caesarstone or Cambria countertop really looks like in your virtual kitchen. This makes the design process that much more accurate when making decisions. When you are ready to take the next step from idea to reality, give Powell Construction a call at 541-752-0805. We can create a 3-D design that will take your project to the next level! December / January 2014

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Mama’s Italian

Fine Italian Food & Wine Shop A large selection of Italian favorites prepared using the finest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and more. Fresh salads, soups, scallopini, cacciatore, chicken, shrimp, beef & veal along with other local favorites like beef stroganoff make for a fantastic dining experience. Pizzas made in-house to order. And don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli for dessert! 11:00 -- 8:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs 11:00 -- 9:00 Fri. 4:00 -- 9:00 Sat. 11:00 -- 4:00 ? Sunday Brunch

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An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience. Menus and more at: Open for dinner Tues. - Thurs. 5:00 -- 10:00 Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:00

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

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

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Refined Modern American 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.

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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.

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We offer over 100 different teas from around the world. Quiche & entree salads made with fresh local greens. Tea accessories and gifts. Delicious desserts and fresh scones served warm. We look forward to seeing you at the tea room! Tues. -- Sat. 10:30 --4:00

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Hop To It!

Enhance your beer education. Kendall Staggs is “The Beer Prof.” In the past dozen years, I have served as the instructor and master of ceremonies for over fifty beer tasting events. A beer tasting can be a modest gathering of six friends or a more formal affair for fifteen or more guests. It can last 90 minutes or up to three hours. It can involve five or six two-ounce samples for a mid-week event or seven to ten four-ounce samples at a weekend party. The beers can be accompanied by a few snacks or paired with a full complement of gourmet foods.

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The Holidays can be a trying time for families. It’s not uncommon for a hearing loss to become obvious when families get together and someone gets left out of the conversation because there is too much background noise. This can be a good time to gently suggest that family member get their hearing checked. Unfortunately it can be a point of contention rather than a gentle suggestion. Yelling at the hearing impaired doesn’t help. It causes resentment. Saying, “why don’t you just turn up your hearing aid?” is another way to create tension. Hearing loss or a hearing aid that isn’t working properly is more evident to the family than the one with the hearing loss. Ask them instead if they have been noticing they’ve been missing out on conversations and if they are more comfortable in a one-on-one conversation than in a group. If they are open to suggestions it might be a good time to suggest you both go and get a hearing test. For the moment, since you can’t get a hearing test on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas, there are some things that might help. Make sure everyone doesn’t talk at once. A person with hearing loss may do fine if only one person is talking at a time. Turn off the music and the TV if you want to have a conversation. If that’s not practical, take them to another room where you can talk without all the noise. Look at them, don’t talk with your head turned away or when they have their back turned. We all hear better when we can do a little lip reading.

I provide the beers and a packet of information concerning the history and the stories behind the breweries, the beer styles, and the beers themselves. The sessions are always informal; I introduce the beers and then answer any questions that come up. I play the part of Professor Beer, but the emphasis is on having fun, and everyone has a great time at my beer tastings. Tastings afford me an opportunity to do the two things I enjoy doing most: teach people about great beer and enjoy my favorite beers in the world. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at one of my events soon. No Quizzes, no mid-term, just beer and fun. What’s not to like?

After the holiday, schedule a hearing evaluation together. If they have mobility problems I can bring my mobile hearing unit and do a free hearing evaluation in their home.

Get in touch, and let’s schedule a beer tasting for your group today,

Make this season a blessed one.

Kendall, “The Beer Prof”

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The Beer Prof. Winter Season Beer Tastings Kendall Staggs, aka the Beer Prof Beer Historian and Tasting Guide

During the winter months I enjoy the company of friends with whom I share the joys of gourmet food, exceptional beers, and good cheer. Sometimes we do this with a formal or informal beer tasting event. Beer tastings are a lot of fun. They are easy to plan and prepare, and they can be customized to any set of tastes. All one really needs is a love of great beer, a sense of adventure, and some acquaintances who are as eager as you are to experience a gastronomical treat.

Planning the Event The first thing to consider when planning a beer tasting is determining what size your group will be. I have recently worked with groups as small as six and as large as sixteen. Next, consider your budget, both for beer and for food. One of my upcoming events will feature a beer budget of only $60, plus about $20 worth of crackers, cheeses, and chocolates. In contrast, I worked an event last summer in which I served over $200 worth of beer to a dozen people. You also need to decide whether the theme of the event is more about beer education, or whether it is just a celebration, such as a birthday or anniversary party. A beer education event will emphasize learning about a particular beer style or several beers from a particular brewery; it will feature less alcohol and it can be held in the middle of the week. A party will have a more relaxed atmosphere; it should probably be held on a weekend afternoon or evening and the hosts should encourage guests to have designated drivers. Finally, you should decide what accompanying food or snacks you want to serve, and how much. These can be simple and economical, but I have worked with clients who have planned and executed exceptionally delicious multi-course dinners in which I helped the host pair each course with a world-class beer or two.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things My favorite beers for winter tastings are Belgian Holiday Ales. They have the virtues of being complex, festive, and eminently easy to pair with gourmet foods, including holiday hors d’oeuvres and desserts. They can be served before and after Christmas; in fact I


have a tasting event featuring them planned for mid-January. Serve these beers with the reverence you would reserve for your best wines. You might be surprised to discover that many of these beers actually go better with fancy cheeses and desserts than wines. Belgian Holiday Ales are often packaged in corked-and-caged champagne bottles. This is not an affectation: such beers are bottle reconditioned with an extra dose of yeast in the champagne method and they acquire greater complexity after a year or two in the bottle. I usually serve Belgian Holiday Ales with at least three different cheeses, and sometimes as many as five. A quality Brie, a Blue cheese, and one “stinky” washed rind cheese always work well. I also recommend a first-rate cheddar, gouda, and chevre (goat cheese). My next tasting event will feature Chaumes, a common but assertive French washed rind cheese. I’ll also serve Maytag Blue from Iowa, one of America’s best blue cheeses. Belgian Holiday Ales go really well with chocolates, and I often choose Lindt chocolate bars, the ones with relatively high percentages of cocoa and the ones with oranges and black currants. I break them into small chunks and place them onto the middle of a platter. High-cocoa chocolates complement the fruity aromas and flavors featured in many of the Belgian Holiday Ales. Gourmet chocolate truffles also work well, as do brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and fruit cobblers. Sweeter beers actually pair better with the assertive cheeses, while the spicier versions of Belgian Holiday Ales go best with desserts.

This Season’s Best Beers The first Belgian Holiday Ale I wish to recommend is Corsendonk Christmas, an old favorite that I haven’t had for a few years. This year’s version is better-than-ever; it may just be the quintessential Belgian Holiday Ale. It pours a deep, dark brown with ruby hues and a thick, eggshell-colored head. The aromas are wonderfully complex, ranging from dark chocolate to dark fruits (plums and cherries) to pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice). The flavors remind me first and foremost of chocolate malted milk balls, but there are also notes of mince pie before a little

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black pepper—from the hops—on a relatively dry finish. As it warms it resembles chocolate cake, perhaps with a few cherry notes, and just a trace of citrusy hops. It is medium-bodied and the 8.1 percent alcohol by volume (abv) is hard to detect. Corsendonk Christmas is contract brewed by Brasserie du Bocq, a small, family-owned brewery in the town of Purnode in the French-speaking province of Namur. All the Corsendonk beers are monastic ales, meaning they are not brewed by monks but they are allowed to use the name of an existing monastery for marketing purposes. My next recommendation, which I just tried for the first time this week, is Page 24 Noël, which is technically not a Belgian Holiday Ale because it from France. It is a Bière de Garde (beer to store) from the Saint-Germain Brewery of Aixnoulette, a small farming village 8 kilometers west of Lens in the Pas-de-Calais department, very near the Belgian border. The brewery has been in operation since 2003 and its beers, which include bottle-reconditioned farmhouse ales, have won numerous awards. Page 24 Noël is bright amber in color with a half inch of frothy white head. It also has good head retention, and some suds stick to the inside of the glass to form the classic “Belgian lace.” On the nose there are spicy hops, along with earthy and nutty notes. On the palate there is rich, caramel malt, hints of pecans and walnuts, the mineral notes common to Bières December / January 2014


figs, and anise. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, and molasses dominate the flavors. There is just the right amount of subtle hop bitterness and the 10 percent abv is well hidden. This is a delicious, well-balanced beer, slightly on the sweet side. I’m really looking forward to trying another. My next Belgian Holiday Ale recommendation is an old favorite, St Bernardus Christmas Ale, from the St Bernardus Brewery of Watou, in West Flanders, just a few miles from the French

de Garde, and some peppery hops on the finish. The very appealing nutty flavor in the middle becomes more evident as it warms. I enjoyed it with Asian pears, a warm baguette, and blue cheese. I highly recommend this intriguing, easy-to-drink, 6.9 percent abv beer. It helps to confirm my tongue-in-cheek rule that the French do make good beer, provided the brewery is within sight of Belgium. Another beer that is new for me this year is Vicaris Winter, a Strong Dark Ale from the Dilewyns Brewery, which is located in the village of Grembergen, in the municipality of Dendermonde, in East Flanders. Its brewer, Anne-Catherine Dilewyns, is in her midtwenties and is regarded as one of the rising stars in the brewing business in Belgium. Vicaris Winter is dark brown in color with a beige head that stays around. The aromas are caramel and roasted malt, plus raisins,

border. It pours medium brown with a thick, off-white head. The spices are particularly prominent on the nose in this year’s version, with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice all competing for attention. The flavors are also spicy, with dark chocolate, plums, and a little citrus also coming through. It is rich and smooth and definitely warming at 10.0 percent abv. I have visited the St Bernardus Berwery in Belgium, and while I was there I learned that the Christmas Ale, my favorite among their many wonderful beers, is only sold in the United States. Belgians can only sample it at the annual Kerstbierfest in December. As I look at the attractive green label on this beer, and the jolly face of the trademark monk wearing a Santa cap, I feel truly blessed. My final Belgian Holiday Ale recommendation is another old favorite, Gouden Carolus Noël, from Brouwerij Het Anker (the Anchor Brewery), which is located north of Brussels in the town of Mechelen. It traces its roots back the year 1369, making it by far the oldest brewery on this list. Its Monastic Ales are called Gouden Carolus, and they are named after the gold coins struck with the image of Charles V, the 16th-century head of the Holy Roman Empire and one of the most powerful rulers in European history. Gouden Carolus Noël features lots of spices in the aroma and flavor. It pours medium brown and somewhat murky,

and it leaves a generous Belgian lace of foam on the sides of the glass. The nose has notes of orange, pineapple, coriander, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The flavor reminds me of chocolate and malted milk balls, with different spices sneaking through with each sip. As it warms more plum and cherry flavors emerge, and the patient beer drinker is rewarded with a more complex and satisfying brew. There is little hop flavor or hop bitterness. This is another strong one at 10.5 percent abv. This one can certainly be paired with assertive gourmet cheeses, but it also goes well with a cake with hot chocolate sauce.

A Little Self-Promotion In the coming weeks I will be conducting some beer tastings featuring these and other holiday favorites. In the past dozen years, I have served as the instructor and master of ceremonies for over fifty beer tasting events. I provide the beers and a packet of information concerning the history and the stories behind the breweries, the beer styles, and the beers themselves. The sessions are always informal; I usually introduce the beers and then answer any questions that come up. I play the part of Professor Beer, but the emphasis is on having fun, and everyone seems to have a great time at these beer tastings. My fees are negotiable; in fact I don’t put on beer tastings to get rich. They afford me an opportunity to do the two things I enjoy doing most: teach people about great beer and enjoy my favorite beers in the world. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please send me an email or give me a call. It would be my pleasure to make your acquaintance, and help you and your friends expand your knowledge and enjoyment of the world of great beers. Willamette Living Magazine


A Few of My Favorite Things Clare Cady

Ready for parties? It’s that time of year when our dance cards, social calendars, and Facebook events pages line up with engagements. Not just because this is holiday time for some, but also because a great way to brighten up the Willamette Valley gray of winter is to stay in and enjoy the company of good friends. Coming up for me is a Festivus Party, a Funk Dance bash, a gathering to volunteer packing Thanksgiving baskets, a Gratefulness dinner, a Chanukah dinner, and a pre-Catching Fire screening of The Hunger Games. My roommates and I hosted a waffle brunch last weekend, and just this morning I got a note from my sister asking me to join her and my brotherin-law at their annual Ugly Sweater party. Sadly that last one I will have to miss - my family is back in NY. But I’m not writing this article to brag about the awesomeness business of my social life, but to outline that even introverts like me end up being social when the chilly wind nips our noses, and the low-hanging fog clings to our clothes such that we get wet even when it is not raining. I know my ancestors gathered to support one another after the harvests were in, and to celebrate the passing of the seasons. I like to imagine that winter gatherings are a part of that tradition.

often wine. I like to dip into my collection to find something fun, fitting, and local. I thought I’d share with you some of the gems I will be sharing in the coming weeks:

2012 Erath Pinot Blanc

2012 Pinot Gris from Spindrift This is a light and citrusy wine with crisp character and a soft finish. Serve it lightly chilled (pull it from the fridge about 30-45 minutes before serving) to allow it to fully express its flavors. In my opinion, people regularly over chill their white wine, and thus can’t taste the more complex flavors, which include floral notes and grapefruit. It pairs well with chicken or fish - I’d go with something a bit heavier if you are talking turkey.

When I head to the home of a friends or family I try not to go emptyhanded, and as long as it seems to fit the occasion, what I bring to the party is usually something fermented, and that fermented thing is most 70

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If you want to bring the essence of Oregon summer to the party, this is a wine that can help you do it. Bright and fragrant, this wine carries melon and apple flavors as well as honey and citrus. It goes well with a cheese plate, and can also cut the saltiness of ham. This wine will please a range of guests, and has a price point that will not break the bank.

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Lots of tropical and local fruit and spice in this wine - pineapple, guava, mango, pear, and melon. All of this with a spiciness reminiscent of ginger and cardamom. The 2012 vintage of this wine is also excellent, and carries a lot of the same flavors. This wine is dry, and would be excellent with spicy foods, or just sipping on its own.

I had two bottles of this, and cracked into one last week to find that it is drinking very well. Cherry and spice and everything nice in this brilliantlycolored wine. I think it is an excellent choice for after-dinner sipping by the fire (indoors or out). It would also be a great complement to a pork dish, or even something a little more powerful in flavor. So enjoy your parties. Remember don’t be offended if your host does not open the wine you brought. Let them choose what to pour, and look at is as an opportunity to try out something you might not have chosen for yourself. Stay warm, and dry, and cared for this winter season. And enjoy the wine!

2011 Eola Hills Reserve Pinot Noir hosting a party where you will have some out-of-town guests? Why not give them a taste of what the Willamette Valley is known for? This pinot will certainly fit the bill - lightly oaky with a gentle spiciness and a lot of ripe dark fruit, this wine would be amazing with heavier dishes like beef. It can also pair nicely with stronger vegetarian dishes with nutty or mushroom flavors.

2009 Firesteed Pinot Noir

Clare Cady is an East coast transplant with the heart of an Oregonian. She is passionate about local food and beverages, and seeks to share with others what makes wine interesting, delicious, and accessible.  Clare works at Oregon State University, where she serves students experiencing poverty and food insecurity.  When she is not writing articles for Willamette Living Magazine, she is gardening, cycling, backpacking, surfing, or serving as a staff writer for

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Turkish Coffee Liqueur Balls

1 cup ground vanilla wafers 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup Hazelnut Hill ground Hazelnuts (Hazelnut flour) 2 Tbsp Honey or white corn syrup 1/4 cup Vivacity Spirits Turkish Coffee Liqueur


Mix all the ingredients. Let stand for a few minutes to "set". Roll into small balls and coat with powdered sugar or sprinkles. For a festive touch, try coating with crystalline sugar.

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Warming T.C. Liqueur drink


This is a simple and quick recipe that will be sure to wow any holiday gathering.

1 cup steamed milk 2 oz Turkish Coffee Liqueur.

Heat the milk in a skillet, but not to a boil. Or heat in the microwave for a minute or two depending on your microwave. Add the Vivacity Spirits Coffee Liqueur Sit in front of the fire or cuddled on the couch and enjoy.

White Turk

Ingredients: 2 oz Vivacity Vodka 1 oz Vivacity Turkish Coffee Liqueur Heavy Cream Preparation 1. Fill glass with ice 2. Add the vodka and Liqueur 3. Top with a large splash of heavy cream and stir.

Turkish Mocha

Ingredients: 1 oz Vivacity Turkish Coffee Liqueur 5 oz hot cocoa 1 tbsp whipped cream 1 tsp sugar Preparation 1.Combine liquor and cocoa 2. Sweeten to taste 3. Top with cream, sprinkle with grated chocolate


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Le Patissier 956 NW Circle Blvd Corvallis, (541) 752-1785 Open for Breakfast and Lunch $$ Queen’s Chopstick 2329 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis, (541) 758-9166 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Luc 134 SW 4th St Corvallis, (541) 753-4171 Open for Dinner $$$ Del Alma Restuarant 136 Sw Washington Ave Ste 102 Corvallis, (541) 753-2222 Open for Dinner $$$ Magenta 137 SW 2nd Corvallis, (541) 758-3494 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ The Baguette 121 SW 3rd St Corvallis, (541) 752-9960

Open for Junch $ Pastini 1580 NW 9th St Corvallis, (541) 257-2579 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Delicious Valley Cafe 933 N W Cir Blvd Corvallis, (541) 753-0599 Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner $


The Joel Palmer House 600 Ferry St Dayton, (503) 864-2995 Open for dinner $$$


Tina’s 760 N Hwy 99W Dundee, (503) 538-8880 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$$


Eugene Fisherman’s Market 830 W 7th Ave Eugene (541) 484-2722 Open for Lunch and Dinner $ Koho Bistro 2101 Bailey Hill Rd Ste L Eugene (541) 684-8888 Open for Dinner $$ Falling Sky Brewing 1334 Oak Alley Eugene (541) 505-7096 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Ox Fin 105 Oakway Ctr Eugene (541) 302-3000 Open for Dinner $$

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Cornbread Cafe 1290 W 7th Ave Eugene (541) 505-9175 Open for Lunch and Dinner $

Chowder Bowl 728 NW Beach Dr Newport (541) 265-7477 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Evergreen Indian Cuisine 1525 Franklin Blvd Eugene (541) 343-7944 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Nana’s Irish Pub 613 NW 3rd St Newport (541) 574-8787 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Belly Taqueria 291 E 5th Ave Eugene (541) 683-5896 Open for Dinner $$

Locan Ocean Seafoods 213 SE Bay Blvd Newport (541) 574-7959 Open for lunch and Dinner $$

Papa’s Soul Food 400 Blair Blvd Eugene (541) 342-7500 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$


Mama’s Fine Italian & Wine Shop 50 W Oak St Lebanon (541) 451-5050 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$


Bistro Maison 729 NE 3rd St McMinnville (503) 474-1888 Open Lunch and Dinner $$$


The Painted Lady 201 S College St Newberg (503) 538-3850

Open for Dinner $$$$


Cafe Mundo 209 NW Coast St Newport (541) 574-8134 Open Lunch and Dinner $$

Happy Holidays


Word of Mouth Bistro 140 NE 17th St Salem (503) 930-4285 Open for Breakfast and Lunch $$ Venti’s Cafe + Basement Bar 325 Court St NE Salem (503) 399-8733 Open for Lunch and Dinner $ Alcyone Cafe 315 High St SE Salem (503) 362-5696 Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Roberts Crossing 3635 River Rd S Salem (503) 584-1035 Open for Dinner $$


Da Vinci Ristorante 180 High St SE Salem (503) 399-1413 Open for Dinner $$$ Los Dos Hermanos 3590 River Rd NE Salem (503) 393-1800 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

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Don’t Ignore Continual “Down” Feelings During Winter Months

The clouds, rain, fog and shorter days have made their annual return to the Willamette Valley. And with them come, for some of us, bouts of the “winter blues.” While it is normal for everyone to feel down every once in a while, persistent depression might be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of major depressive disorder that is usually associated with winter, but it can occur during summer. The symptoms appear when the season changes and may occur again every year in some people. It is no longer classified as a separate mood disorder, but it is a “specifier” added to the primary diagnosis of major depression. This can help narrow down what treatments might work best for a given patient. The cause of SAD is unknown, but it probably has a large genetic component,

as is the case in other types of depression. Other risk factors include living far from the equator (as we do in Oregon), having another mood disorder, and being female, though males might exhibit more severe symptoms. These symptoms include having less energy, sleeping more than usual, overeating, craving carbohydrates and gaining weight, in addition to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, social withdrawal and difficulty concentrating. In the summer variety, people may have insomnia, have a poor appetite and exhibit weight loss. Treatment includes light therapy, medications, psychotherapy, and exercise. Light therapy Though there has not been much research on light therapy, it appears to help most people in relieving SAD symptoms. But before considering light therapy or purchasing a light therapy box, talk to your doctor or mental-health provider to ensure it is right for you and to make sure the light therapy box is of high quality. Medications Some people with SAD benefit from antidepressant treatment, especially if symptoms are severe. Antidepressants commonly used to treat SAD include

Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and Effexor. Psychotherapy Psychotherapy can help you identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors that may be making you feel worse. You can also learn healthy ways to cope with SAD and manage stress. Exercise Regular physical exercise, especially outdoors, helps relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase SAD symptoms. And being more fit can make you feel better about yourself, which can lift your mood. When To See a Doctor If you feel down for days at a time and you can’t seem to get motivated to do activities you usually enjoy, see your doctor. This is especially vital if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you are having feelings of hopelessness, have suicidal thoughts, or drink alcohol for comfort. In other words, don’t blithely reject that yearly “down” feeling as merely a case of a seasonal funk that you must endure by yourself. Take the action to get the help you need so your mood and motivation remain steady throughout the year.

Jean Pointon, M.D., is a psychiatrist at The Corvallis Clinic. She can be reached at 541-754-1288. Willamette Living Magazine


Say Hello to CoolSculpting® Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat. Angie Sisk, Owner Picasso Artistic Salon and Laser Spa


t’s called stubborn fat for a reason: no matter how much you eat healthy and exercise, it’s virtually impossible to lose those annoying muffin tops, love handles, and belly pooch. You’re left with two options: live with them or think surgery. Neither is cool by us. That’s exactly why they developed CoolSculpting. Only CoolSculpting targets fat cells alone, eliminating them in an easy, non-intrusive fashion that exercise and diet can’t achieve as quickly or as effectively.

Minimal Downtime and Lasting Results.

The Cool Solution is the More Natural Solution.

After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary.

Procedures that use laser, sonic waves and even surgery to remove fat can actually destroy other tissue in the process by burning, shattering or extracting non-fat cells. This requires downtime for your body to heal. Totally uncool. Fortunately, CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. In a few months, boom: say hello to a new you.


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Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.

So after a few months, your clothes will fit better and you will look better. What’s more, there are no pills or supplements. And as long as you maintain your normal diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable. Hello, you again. How cool is that?

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The 70’s Groovy Were


But it’s time to switch from the disco ball to the exercise ball


Some 70’s Fun you May (or may not) Remember Jogging with a Walkman: Ankles & Knees Worn Down Roller Blades: Hips, Back & Neck - Damaged Disco: Pretty sure that was shorthand for dislocated! The Tequilla Sunrise: No Telling!

Pilates for Baby Boomers There are approximately 75 million baby boomers in America. Loosely defined as those born between the years 1946 to 1964 (yikes, that’s me). We represent over 27% of the population. We were either young teenagers in our twenties, when the 1970’s fitness craze was in full force with it’s aerobics, spin classes, weight training and even Pilates. Some of us jumped right in with our sweatbands and Walkman, and some of us did not. But it is not the 1970’s anymore, and our bodies can no longer take the high impact activities of our youth. Those activities may have created chronic pain and body parts that needed repairs or replacement. For me, spinal fusion, two shoulder repairs and a big toe with a pin! Yes, youth and youthful adventures have taken their toll. I have found that Pilates helps heal our frivolous past. It is gentle on the joints, it is slow, and it is very focused on biomechanical alignment. It is also focused on individual feedback and outcome. Which means each individual uses their mind to control their bodies to get the right outcome. Hence the term “mind/body fitness”. Pilates exercises the core muscles using our own body weight or special equipment like the reformer, which will assist the body as it get stronger. The Pilates technique is designed both to stretch and strengthen the whole spine (core) in all the ranges of motion. It’s simple. You get stronger, longer muscles so you can bend over to pickup a golf ball or turn your head and drive out of a parking spot. With the reformer and other specialized equipment Pilates can help strengthen hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, backs; OK, the whole body. Why else would most physical therapy offices have a reformer with formal training Pilates! In fact, most people think Pilates is only for physical therapy. Not true.

The benefits of Pilates training are many: • • • • • • • • • •

It can be modified to fit the needs of the individual You get longer and leaner muscles Improved flexibility Better posture, alignment and balance Helps prevents injuries Relief from back and joint pain Enhanced athletic performance (like your golf game) Increase bone mass Decrease excess tissue (in other words, fat) Better sleep and the ability to enjoy the fun things you might do before you go to sleep - whatever that might be...

This sounds like a magic cure. It’s not, but it is pretty darn good. It is going to require you to learn the technique and practice it. I recommend you make sure you are ready for exercise. This means, seeing your doctor about some of those chronic aches and pains. Then, look for qualified small group classes or private training. This way you can find out what is going on with your body and what you need to work on. This also will let you learn the Pilates method. If you learn the technique correctly, it will bring back your renewed and healthier body to you. Have fun creating a healthy and happy baby boomer.

Lynn Kirschner, CPT Is a Certified Pilates Trainer and owns Common Sense Pilates in Corvallis. Lynn can be reached at: 541-230-1164 or visit for more information.

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Beyond Fitness The U.S. Navy SEALs

Were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as a small, elite maritime military force to conduct Unconventional Warfare. They carry out the types of clandestine, small-unit, highimpact missions that large forces with highprofile platforms (such as ships, tanks, jets and submarines) cannot.

Stewart Smith - Not a Guy to Mess With We were looking around for some high-level fitness content, and found Stewart Smith -- as fit as it gets. We sent him an email and he answered right away with his willingness to contribute to our Holiday Issue with this great article about eating and fitness. At the end of the article is a link to his 45 day introductory fitness program - for free! (Thanks Stew) Check his web site for loads more information at: Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL Lieutenant, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, The Special Ops Workouts, and SWAT Fitness. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other law enforcement professions. Stew has written more than 400 articles and 40 eBooks sold at both and He is a consultant and presenter with the government in the area of troop physical development through his non-profit Heroes of Tomorrow. See for more information. He has appeared on many television shows such as: The National Geographic Channel’s “Fight Science” and in several newspaper and magazine features to include Washington Post, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and Sports Illustrated. Stew Smith has worked professionally in the military fitness arena for over 15 years focusing on a specialty of helping people become Navy SEALs or any other member of a unit that requires a physical fitness test (PFT). Of course many of Stew’s readers just want to lose weight and keep it off... Stew can do that too. He has trained athletes in College, Olympians, and Professional Sports (Hockey and Baseball.)


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Stew Smith is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He speaks nationally at fitness conferences that focus on the Tactical Athlete (military, special ops, SWAT, police, fire fighters). Stew Smith graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991. After almost eight years in the SEAL Teams and an instructor at the Naval Academy Physical Education Department, Stew resigned his commission in 1999 to start his own fitness and freelance writing business. Now he writes articles, books, and programs specifically designed for candidates of just about every military branch, spec ops unit, and police and fire fighter agencies. He trains these people for FREE through the Heroes of Tomorrow program.

When to eat and what to eat are constant questions that affect your fitness and health goals as well as your weight loss desires. I was recently asked a question by email that asked, “What should I eat/drink before, during, and after my workout? I am 40 years old and my goal is to look better and be healthier. I need to lose weight in other words.” The answer will vary depending on your goal, but understanding After, Before, During (ABD’s) of Workout Nutrition will better help all groups (performance athletes, weight losers, general health clients) reach their personal goals. I saw the “ABD’s of Nutrition” at a recent Mid-Atlantic NSCA Regional conference given by Paul Moore, MS, RD, CSCS of Fitness4 Pros and thought it was a brilliant way to discuss nutrition throughout the training cycle. This understanding of what foods / drinks work best for fat loss and health gains requires a constant search for the individual. Here are December / January 2014

some suggestions that will help you figure out WHAT to eat, and WHEN to eat, as it all depends on your individual likes / dislikes and goals.

pinch, I will take some whey protein powder in milk. You still need to prepare for the next workout session by eating something even though you are trying to lose weight.

For the Health / Fitness / Body Fat Reduction Goal: If you are trying to drop some unwanted pounds and get healthy, proper nutrition and a well arranged workout plan are vital to you achieving that goal. You have to experiment with the types of exercise that will create a good caloric burn as well as find sources of lower calorie foods that work best for your energy level. Keep track of how you feel during workouts whether they are higher intensity resistance training or lower intensity cardio as this will typically measure if you are eating enough quality foods. If you have significant weight (40+ lbs) to lose, Try some non impact cardio options like biking, elliptical gliders, swimming, aqua-jogging, rowing etc.

BEFORE WORKOUT: If you are working out to lose weight and get healthier, depending on your workout intensity, you may not need to have a pre-workout meal. If your goal is to get into fat burning mode, the fewer carbs you eat prior to workout will decrease the amount of time and effort required to get into that fat burning / low glycogen mode). If you like to work out immediately after you wake up, you are at your lowest in blood sugar for the day. Now is the time to take a short burst of intense exercise then follow it with what I call conversational pace cardio. If you can talk and be a little winded you are in prime fat burning zone.

workouts to stay cool and avoid over-heating / dehydration especially during excessively sweaty workouts, but you also need to add electrolytes (sodium potassium, magnesium, calcium as well.) Foods rich in many of these elements are essential to your recovery from significant water / electrolyte loss. Personally, if I can wring out my shirt after a workout, I will add more of these “salts” into my post exercise diet. Sure you can add sports drinks but stay away from the extra sugar / electrolytes if you are not sweating. Sports drinks with sodium, potassium, carbohydrates (sugar) are a safe bet for hydration during hard sweaty exercise. BUT if you are not sweating profusely, there is little need for these sports drinks during exercise unless you are in a desert environment where you do not sweat as it evaporates immediately. Bananas and water are also sufficient in most cases.

DURING WORKOUT: Unless you are working out for extended periods of time to get used to 8-10 hours of training at Special Operations School, food intake during normal hour long (or shorter) workouts is not needed. Just drink water to stay hydrated, and if you are sweating profusely in the humid, summer heat, you should follow with a serving or two of electrolytes to replace what you lose while sweating.

Here are some ideas for hydration: After Workouts - One of my favorite post exercise snacks is a can of chicken noodle soup (Campbells Noodle O’s) as it is loaded with potassium, sodium, carbs, protein as well. In fact it has about 3-4 times the potassium of a banana and about 5-6 times the potassium of Gatorade. If you are not sweating much nor in arid environment, water will be enough to hydrate you.

Great ideas for protein, carbs, and fats are:

Before workouts, do not drink too much if you are doing significant running as the bouncing will potentially cause cramping.

THE FAT BURNING WORKOUT: If your goal is to burn fat, your workout should get you into a fat burning zone by the time you are finished exercising for the day. The arrangement of your workout should be calisthenics or weights first followed by steady, aerobic cardio of your choice. Basically, go hard the first half of your workout and burn your blood sugar (anaerobic activity burns glycogen) as your prime energy source first. This can take about 15-20 minutes of intense workout depending on the amount of food you have eaten before the workout of the day. Once you are feeling burned out from that section of anaerobic activity, it is now time to go aerobic and get into fat burning mode. BEST FAT BURNING TIME: immediately after waking before having any food. AFTER WORKOUT: Here is where you can stay in fat burning mode a little longer. If you delay eating carbs immediately after your workout for another 30-60 minutes you will be fine and actually still be using fat as your primary energy source. Throughout the next several hours of the day your metabolism will be higher thus burning more calories than having NOT exercised that morning. After a while, you will need to eat good carbohydrates (fruits / veges) and a protein serving to recover from the workout. Limit the carbs in a day and try to eliminate sugar. Find what carbohydrates and proteins work best for you and your energy requirements for the day (work, home, kids, etc). Supplements tend to come into play during the post workout nutrition game. I am not personally into supplementing daily other than some omega 3 and 6 capsules and some multivitamins rich in all the B vitamins especially. For a quick fix and in replacement of food in a

Carbohydrate Options: Multi grain breads and pastas, brown rice, cereals, good carbs like vegetables (romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, carrots), and fruits, (tomatoes, strawberries, apples, berries, oranges, grapes, and bananas ) make great carbohydrates for energy. Stay away from white breads, pastas, rice and any flour baked products. Sugar is your killer -- eliminate sugar drinks / replace with water and unsweetened drinks if you can, or seriously limit them. Protein Options: Meats, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, almonds, beans, milk, milk shakes with additional whey protein powder (optional), peanut butter. I personally eat boiled eggs and salads in between meals during snack time, or have a few servings with a main course of meat or fish for a good balance of plant and animal protein. Fat Options: Fish, nuts, olive oils, omega 3 fortified products (milk, margarine, peanut butter). Typically, I get most of these fats from nuts and fish, but I also supplement the omega 3 fatty acids most important to longevity / healthy recovery. The ABD’s of HYDRATION: Any group who works out needs to hydrate during

During workouts, sip water or carbohydrate / electrolyte mix every 10-15 minutes to maintain high intensity performance training. A ballpark equation for daily consumption of liquids for highly active person is: 50-75% body weight in lbs = oz per day of H2O

Finding the right mix of carbohydrates, protein, fats, electrolytes and water all depend on your age, sex, weight, activity level, and goals. Every day you have a killer good workout, and feel great afterwards, make a note of everything you did that day. Very often it is the formula that works best for you and your fitness performance goals. Good luck with your nutrition / performance fitness program and I hope you see improvement soon. Get my 45 day introductory program for free here:

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hen you look in the mirror, do you wish you could take a few years off? Ultherapy™ may be just what you’re looking for. Ultherapy is a new, non-surgical alternative to the traditional “nip and tuck.” It’s the only FDA-approved, non-surgical face and neck treatment that uses ultrasound to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin, giving you a naturally more youthful appearance. How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Ultherapy? If you have mild to moderate skin laxity, with sagging on your eyelids, neck or chin, Ultherapy can lift and tighten your skin. How is Ultherapy different from lasers? Lasers are great at treating skin surface issues, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and other blemishes. Ultherapy addresses laxity in deeper layers of your skin. Since Ultherapy bypasses your surface skin layer, there is no damage to your skin and no downtime.


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How much does Ultherapy cost? Treatment prices range from $750 to $3,500 per area. How many treatments do I need? One of the great things about Ulthera is that you only need one treatment. Some patients with advanced skin laxity may benefit from additional treatments. How long will my results last? You will notice some initial effects immediately after treatment. Then, over the next 3-4 months, your skin will continue to build new collagen, and will maintain those results for another year or more. A touch-up treatment 15 to 18 months after your first visit will slow down your skin’s tendency to naturally age over time. Dr. Kim Thompson has been seeing great results with her many happy Ultherapy clients at VIDA Aesthetic Medicine in Salem. Visit vidaskincare. com or call 503-897-1345 to schedule your FREE consultation. December / January 2014

A Stunning Smile A Whiter Smile For The Holidays And Beyond Are you thinking about whitening your teeth? You are not alone! Teeth whitening has been a dental topic for more than 150 years. It wasn’t until in the 1970’s they accidentally discovered the whitening effects of hydrogen peroxide. It was just a little over 20 years ago the products were developed into what we know today.


Over-the-counter products, such as whitening trays, strips, rinse, or brushes can be effective. The concentration of these products give minimal results and take the longest time to see the result. Whitening toothpastes cannot change the internal color of the tooth.


Home-use whiteners typically use a tray which is filled with the whitening gel and worn from an hour to overnight. They can be purchased over-the-counter or from your dentist.


In-office whiteners use a much stronger gel so gives a much quicker result.

The facts:  Foods and drinks stain our teeth (such as berries, sauces, coffee, cola, black tea, and red wine).  Teeth darken naturally as we age.  Certain medications can darken teeth.  Tobacco stains our teeth.  Injury to the tooth can cause discoloration.  The teeth can become discolored during formation. There are two types of tooth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are on the surface of the tooth and can be removed by toothpastes and good oral hygiene. Intrinsic stains are deep into the structure of the tooth and must be removed using a chemical process. The chemicals typically used for whitening teeth are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Tooth-whitening options range from surface whiteners to stronger ones that can also remove deeper stains. There are many different types of tooth whitening products. They fall into three main types:

The main risks to whitening is gum and tooth sensitivity. This resolves within a few days after the treatment is complete. Many studies have been done and all show there is no harm to the structure of the tooth. How long will the results last? It depends on your particular habits. The results can last from months to years. Subsequent “touch-ups” are usually much quicker to respond. We recommend a dental examination prior to bleaching to determine what results you may expect. Remember, dental materials like porcelain and tooth colored fillings do not lighten.

By Dr. Michelle Aldrich, DMD Riverbend Dental, Salem Riverbend Dental has the newest whitening system on the market – Sinsational Smile. ( We have chosen this system because it takes only 20 minutes, has minimal to no sensitivity and has an affordable everyday price of $99. Come let us brighten your smile today! Willamette Living Magazine


Giving Back a Priority for this

Cancer Survivor


haron Weiner has lived in Depoe Bay for just over a year and already has one outreach event and a community presentation under her belt to educate women about breast and cervical cancer screening. A breast cancer survivor herself, she believes in the value of reaching out to others. Weiner was diagnosed in her thirties and had thought for years about volunteering to help others. “I thought, maybe I should be doing something,” she recalls. “But after treatment, you move on. And like a lot of women, I didn’t ever tell anyone about it because there’s this little fear that the cancer may come back.”

Susan G. Komen of Oregon and SW Washington, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and OHSU Center for Women’s Health. “I really believe in [the SCREEN program],” said Weiner. “I’ll go wherever they send me to talk to women about how important it is to be screened for breast and cervical cancer!” Karen Caul is the SCREEN Program Coordinator for the midWillamette region and is always looking for more volunteers throughout Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties.

Almost 20 years later Weiner took the first step to become involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure in St. Louis, Mo., where she lived at the time.

“Our program depends upon volunteers to deliver our message: early detection saves lives,” said Caul. “It is our goal to have local volunteers in every community, educating their neighbors and friends about breast and cervical screening recommendations.”

“The work Komen is doing is such a good cause, I knew I needed to become involved,” said Weiner. “But it took a while for me to come to that decision.”

Weiner is pleased to be able to serve a cause that helps other women. “It’s a really well run program,” she said. “And needed in smaller communities.”

When Weiner moved to Depoe Bay, she continued her efforts, this time through the grant-funded SCREEN program. SCREEN aims to spread information about the early detection of breast and cervical cancer through grassroots efforts — at churches, schools, community presentations and local health fairs. The program is in its third year, and is a collaborative project supported by Samaritan Health Services through grants from

Free presentations available! January is cervical health awareness month. The SCREEN program would love to visit your book club, church meeting, employees — anywhere they can share the most current information about breast and cervical cancer. For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen Caul at 541-768-5470 or visit


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dieting and eating healthy, all of which could never dwindle my core area. So to do this in 7 weeks without exercise was a dream! Most importantly, I experienced unexpected health improvements: My joint pain, carpal tunnel, acid reflux, PMS and migraines are GONE! And my hypothyroid condition has improved. Others are also experiencing relief from: Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Allergies, Acid Reflux, Auto Immune Disease, ADD, Arthritis, Thyroid, Skin Conditions, Hair Loss, Migraines, Sugar/ Carb Addiction, Appetite Control and more!

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Meet the Docs

A Quick Holiday Q & A

Emily Rangel, M.D. | OB/GYN Q. What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? A. I love being with my family. I love the spirit of being thankful during Thanksgiving and of giving during the holiday season. Q. What is your New Year’s Resolution? A. To try and be more present when I am home with my family.  Q. What do you find most rewarding about your specialty?

Katie McQuillan, M.D. | Pediatrics Q. What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? A. Being able to spend extra time with my family and enjoying yummy food! Sweet potatoes are my favorite! Q. What is your New Year’s Resolution? A. Well, now that my kids are old enough for soccer, I hope to pull out my old cleats and get myself back into shape so I can play with them.

A. I absolutely love being able to help women through both joy and struggle. I try to partner with my patients during both these occasions, whether it be a pregnancy and delivery, heavy bleeding, miscarriage, infertility or even cancer.  Dr. Rangel is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at The Corvallis Clinic. She specializes in every aspect of women’s health care, from teenage years to menopause. Recently, she was voted “Best Doctor” in Mid-Valley’s “Top of the Town.” Dr. Rangel is accepting new patients. She can be reached at 541-754-1267.

Q. What do you find most rewarding about your specialty? A. Developing relationships with my patients and their families; watching kids develop, change, and grow into individuals. Dr. McQuillan is a board-certified pediatrician at The Corvallis Clinic. In addition to well-child examinations and general care for children and adolescents, she is trained in managing complex and chronic illnesses. Dr. McQuillan is accepting new patients. She can be reached at 541-754-1278.

Brad Yentzer, M.D. | Dermatology Q. What’s your favorite thing about the holidays? A. Spending time with my family is the best part of the holidays. Since my family lives back east, I do quite a bit of traveling each season. However, it’s always worth it. Nothing beats homemade pumpkin pie and smiling faces! Q. What is your New Year’s Resolution? A. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I try to live every day to the best I can, and leave the world in a better place than I found it.

Q. What do you find most rewarding about your specialty? A. The most rewarding aspect of my job is the ability to change a patient’s life. Many of my patients have horrible skin diseases, and unfortunately they get treated with disrespect or fear by on-lookers. When I clear their disease, I can give them their life back. Dr. Yentzer is a board-certified dermatologist at The Corvallis Clinic. He offers a full range of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. Dr. Yentzer is accepting new patients and cosmetic consultations. He can be reached at 541-754-1252.

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Sound Advice from Samaritan Health Make proactive health care your priority for the New Year


s 2013 comes to a close and you contemplate goals for 2014, put your health and well-being at the top of your list. Life is busy and it’s easy to put yourself aside as you focus on family and work, but what we all tend to forget is that if we neglect ourselves and our health for too long, we become less effective at our jobs and in our relationships. One of the best ways to protect your wellness is through preventive, proactive health care. This means you and your health care provider partnering together to watch your mind and body for trends and changes, and scheduling routine screenings to find problems early when they are easier to treat. The following constitutes preventive health care, which is typically covered completely by insurance: •

Wellness exams performed when you are healthy to monitor health indicators such as glucose, cholesterol, BMI

Screening tests to look for signs of disease before you have any symptoms, such as colonoscopy, Pap, mammogram and PSA tests

Immunizations or shots for specific conditions, like flu or pneumonia

Work with your primary care provider to determine the right schedule of wellness exams and screenings for you based on your age, how healthy you are and risk factors such as family history. Children and 86

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Letrice Blair, MD, has joined Mid-Valley Children’s Clinic in Albany. She earned a medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University. A pediatrician, Blair cares for infants, children and teens, from birth to age 18. She can be reached at 541-812-5111.

Farnoush Abar, MD, has joined the Samaritan Cancer Program. She sees patients diagnosed with all types of cancer, taking a special interest in blood and bone marrow cancers. She is board certified in hematology and internal medicine. Abar can be reached at 541-768-4950.

Krystal Plotts, MD, has joined Mid-Valley Medical Plaza in Lebanon. She earned a medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University. A family medicine provider, Plotts cares for patients of all ages. She can be reached at 541-451-7800.

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adults who have a chronic or longterm condition may need checkups and tests more often and might want to consider educational (and often free) programs that teach how to live well with the condition. Preventive health care also goes beyond regular exams and screenings. It includes those choices you make every day – getting regular exercise, eating right, sleeping enough and educating yourself of what you can do to reduce your risk for disease. Take advantage of free classes and seminars for tips and tools to reduce stress, cook healthy foods, decrease diabetes risk and more. Learn more about Samaritan’s free Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies seminar series at

Looking for someone to partner in your health? Samaritan Health Services has a longstanding history of providing exceptional, personalized care to the communities of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties through its five hospitals and more than 70 primary care and specialty clinics. Consider making one of our new health care providers your partner in health or call our Physician Referral Network at 1-800-863-5241 to learn about our other providers.

Hannah Eucker, DO, has joined Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center locations in Albany and Corvallis. She earned a medical degree at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Eucker cares patients of all ages, using hands-on osteopathic manipulative medicine to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. She can be reached at in Albany at 541-812-5656, and in Corvallis at 541-768-6412. Meredith Mann, DO, has joined Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Lincoln City. She earned a medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Mann provides a range of obstetric and gynecologic care for women of all ages. She can be reached at 541-994-4440. Colleen Lennard- Love, MD, has joined Samaritan Pacific ENT and Allergy Clinic in Newport and Samaritan Surgical Clinic in Lincoln City. As a boardcertified ear, nose and throat specialist Lennard-Love earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients by referral. For more information, call 541-574-4677 in Newport and 541-994-8114 in Lincoln City. Willamette Living Magazine


[ What's Going on In Toledo? ]

Yaquina River Museum of Art “Coast Vignette , Mendocino” oil 6” x 8”

Annual Christmas show of Artisan work from Latin America and Europe on loan to the Museum from the private collection of Judith Gibbons. December 7, 2013 - January 27, 2014.

Old Vicarage Gallery 140 NE Alder Street Toledo, OR 97391 (541) 336-2797 Pegasus Gallery 341 SW 2nd. St. Corvallis, OR 97333 541-757-0042

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“PROMISE” Art Reception- First Weekend Toledo Art Dec.7&8 Noon-5:00pm. Holiday refreshments provided by Friends of the Museum.

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Open hours- Wed.-Sunday Noon-4:00pm 151 NE Alder Street, Toledo Uptown Arts District 541 336 1907 The 1887 School House Exhibit & Museum Gift Shop features Handmade Jewelry by Sondra and One-of-kind Silk Scarves by Paulette for the Holidays. “Shoe Print Art” books by nationally known writer and Romper Room TV Show star Karen Robbins are offered for kids. Winner of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, “Shoe Print Art” sales partners with Soles4Souls to help put shoes on the feet of kids who cannot afford them. For around $1. Soles4souls can send a pair of shoes to kids who are barefoot. Check it out by visiting and come by to get your copy of “Shoe Print Art” to create 55 shoe print drawings!

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas November 4th -- December 18th Lakewood Center for the Arts Lake Oswego • 503.635.3901

First Taste Oregon January 24th, 4 - 10 pm Jan 25. 12 -- 10 Oregon State Fairgrounds - Salem

Kay Yockey Pearl Show December 14, 10:00 -- 5:00 pm December 15, 11:00 -- 5:00 pm Queen or Hearts Gifts & Lingerie In Nye Beach • (541) 265-2118 90

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Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale Sat & Sun Dec. 14th & 15th The Oregon Convention Center Portland

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Salem Women’s Show 4 to 9 pm Friday Jan 31 10 to 5 Saturday Feb 1 Salem Conference Center

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Willamette Living Holiday 2013  

Our annual Medical, Health & Wellness issue includes our Willamette Valley Gift Guide, Oregon events, Christmas fun, food, drink and merrime...

Willamette Living Holiday 2013  

Our annual Medical, Health & Wellness issue includes our Willamette Valley Gift Guide, Oregon events, Christmas fun, food, drink and merrime...