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With the fam at the Van Gogh exhibit in Portland over the holidays. (L to R: Gayanne, Scott, Kate Alexander)

I had a little bit of trouble deciding on a quote for this issue, this one by Van Gogh seemed timely, and appropriate: "The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." — Vincent Van Gogh

But this one seemed pretty timely too: "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." — Vincent Van Gogh

NORMALLY I'M PRETTY UPBEAT ABOUT THE START OF A NEW YEAR. BUT, GIVEN OUR RECENT PAST PERFORMANCE, I'M NOT SO SURE. The holidays went well. The stores were stocked -- with everything we needed anyway, all the local retailers seem to have done well. Travel is resuming, slowly. So are things finally looking up? Omicron is here yeah, but it seems to be that we won't all die instantly if we come down with it. And in Africa the surge came and went pretty quickly; I assume because it's so transmissible, but who knows? We are hearing about the "end of democracy," and the "American Experiment coming to an end." That all seems kind of depressing – I've become accustomed to not waiting in line for onions. All economic indicators are looking great, and the current administration has created more jobs than the last three combined, or something like that. Maybe democracy isn't such a bad idea? Willamette Living has done well throughout the past two years thanks


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Tommy Bo stars as Manford in The Great Leap, a co-production between Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory Theatre; photo by Alec Lugo.

Lauren Yee’s Sharp and Funny Play The Great Leap Brings Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory Theatre Together Once Again Portland audiences have the chance to experience the work of award-winning playwright Lauren Yee — among the most-produced and widely celebrated playwrights in the country in recent years — through a co-production with Portland’s largest and oldest theater companies: Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory Theatre, respectively. The Great Leap is directed by Zi Alikhan, ART’s artistic directing fellow, and the production marks his Portland directorial debut. REVISED DATES: The Great Leap begins preview performances on January 19, opens on January 21, and runs through February 13, on The Armory’s U.S. Bank Main Stage. Due to production delays, the preview performances originally slated for January 15

and 16 have been canceled. This also impacts the dates for the Pay What You Will performances, which are now scheduled for January 22 and February 10. “We’re thrilled to partner with Artists Rep to launch this fantastic, boisterous play. It has been a joy to collaborate with ART and support the deeply creative work of director Zi Alikhan. The Great Leap uses bright humor and a celebration of the unsung heroes of basketball to unearth complexities around the violence embedded in entrenched political systems, both in the U.S. and in China,” PCS Artistic Director Marissa Wolf said. “We are so pleased to co-produce this feisty, funny play with Portland Center Stage. The Great Leap examines facets of

the U.S. /Chinese relationship and how our presumptions and lack of understanding distort and poison it. At a time of rising anti-Asian violence, this conversation about missteps of the past feels especially vital if we are to collectively find a better way forward,” ART Interim Artistic Director Luan Schooler said. The Great Leap brings together basketball, politics, and history to explore personal identity, cultural ties, and relations between the U.S. and China. The play is loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of Yee’s father, whose basketball heroics led him to visit China in the 1980s. Its fictional plot — set in Beijing and San Francisco in two different time periods — also incorporates a monumental historic event, the Tiananmen Square uprising Happy New Year! | www.willametteliving.com


THE LEAD of 1989, for a moving story that keeps the tension rising right up until the final buzzer. The Great Leap had its world premiere in 2018 and, prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, it was one of the most-produced new plays on stages across the country in 2019-2020. Since then, social unrest and political events continue to bring a renewed immediacy to this biting and timely story. Portland audiences get to see this show at a unique time when sports and politics are also playing out on the world stage; The Great Leap opens on the eve of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which is currently being boycotted by the U.S. government. The Los Angeles Times called The Great Leap “stunning” and noted that it “lures us in with its humorous focus on ordinary characters — basketball coaches and players — then pans out to locate them in a cataclysmic moment in history.” Stage and Cinema said The Great Leap “fires on all cylinders and succeeds on many levels,” raving that, “as with Cambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee, a genius playwright with a perfect touch, finds the truths in tiny stuff and big reveals. [The Great Leap] is just that. It lands hard and true.” ABOUT THE PLAY Basketball standout Manford Lum is a fast-talking, dominating teenager on the street courts of Chinatown. But when he elbows his way onto a college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game, the outcome isn’t what anyone expects. Traversing history that is both personal and political, this sharp and funny play pits a U.S. coach against his Chinese counterpart — and country-wide protests and cultural revolution against their deeply personal tolls and generational fractures. PLAYWRIGHT LAUREN YEE Lauren Yee is a second-generation Chinese American playwright, screenwriter, and TV writer, born and raised in San Francisco. Her play The Great Leap has been produced at the DCPA Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Arts Club, and InterAct Theatre. Honors include the Doris Duke Artists Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and her plays The Great Leap and Cambodian Rock Band were featured as the #1 and #2 plays on the Kilroys List in 2017. She's a Residency 5 Playwright at Signature Theatre, a New Dramatists member, a Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, and a


(Warner Media’s Bronxopolis) as the understudy for Manford. THE CREATIVE TEAM In an exciting first for PCS, the entire design team is made up of artists who are Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander. Bringing the worlds of The Great Leap to life are Choreographer Sunny Min-Sook Hitt (co-creator of Body Of Work, an exploration of dance and economics); Set Designer Chika Shimizu (The Great Wave Photo by Alec Lugo at Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Courtesy of Portland Costume Designer Nicole Wee (Martin Luther on Trial, National Center Stage. Tour); Lighting Designer Cha Playwrights Realm alum. Yee’s TV credits See (The Fever at Minetta Lane/Audible include Pachinko (Apple) and Soundtrack Theater); Sound Designer and Original (Netflix). Yee’s new play Young Americans Composer Fan Zhang (At the Wedding for was commissioned by PCS and is currentLincoln Center Theatre’s LCT3); Associate ly in development. Director Barbie Wu (ART resident artist, education manager, and star of ART’s DIRECTOR ZI ALIKHAN recent play The Chinese Lady); and PCS Zi Alikhan is a queer, first-generation, and ART regular, Stage Manager Kristen South Asian-American, culturally Muslim Lyn Mei Kuk Mun. theater director, educator, and leader. He is the inaugural artistic directing fellow at TICKET AND PERFORMANCE ART, where he also serves as director of INFORMATION its DNA: Oxygen, an initiative dedicated January 19 – February 13, 2022 to the development and production Preview Performances: January 19, and 20 of new work generated by, led by, and at 7:30 p.m. featuring artists of color. Honored as a 2021 TCG Rising Leaders of Color, Alikhan’s Pay What You Will Performances: January directing credits include Manik Choksi’s 22 and February 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Ramayan (currently in development at Ars Nova), Ragtime (Playmakers ReperWhere: On the U.S. Bank Main Stage at tory Company), The Flick and Red Speedo The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Port(Juilliard), House of Joy (New York Stage land, OR. and Film), Shabash! (LCT3), Lady Apsara (filmed for Prospect Theatre Company), To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices The Wild Party (Yale), and Les Misérables range from $25 to $87 and tickets may (Pace). Alikhan was also a resident direcbe purchased at pcs.org/the-great-leap, tor for the Hamilton National Tour. He is 503.445.3700, or in-person from the box an alum of the Drama League Directors office. Prices vary by date and time and Project, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, are subject to change. Drama League Artist Residency Program, MTC Alper Directing Fellowship, WilliamART Members: Contact the ART Box stown Directing Corps, and a graduate of Office at 503.241.1278 or boxoffice@artistsNYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. rep.org. THE CAST Making their PCS/ART debuts are Tommy Bo (CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted) playing the teenage basketball protege Manford; Sami Ma (Vietgone at American Stage Theatre Company) as Manford’s cousin, Connie; and Kenneth Lee (The Machine at Park Avenue Armory) as Wen Chang, coach of Beijing University’s men’s basketball team. Portland comedic standout Darius Pierce returns to play Saul, the coach of the University of San Francisco’s men’s basketball team and Wen Chang’s colleague-turned-rival. Completing the cast are Brian Burger (The Rocky Horror Show with Lakewood Theatre Company) as the understudy for Saul; Wynee Hu (Eclipsed at Corrib Theatre) as the understudy for Connie; and Mac Schonher

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Ticket Specials: Visit pcs.og/deals to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty, Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more. Please Note: This production is recommended for ages 13 and up; it contains adult language. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700. Accessibility: Learn about accessibility options at pcs.org/access. PORTLAND CENTER STAGE Portland Center Stage was established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and became independent in 1994. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing

THE LEAD Director Cynthia Fuhrman, the company produces a mix of classic, contemporary, and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high-quality education and community programs. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 28 world premieres, many of which were developed at its JAW New Play Festival. Portland Center Stage’s home is The Armory, a historic building originally constructed in 1891. After a major renovation, The Armory opened in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, the first performing arts venue in the country, and the first building in Portland to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying and interrupting instances of racism and all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Learn more at pcs.org/idea. Portland Center Stage’s 2021-2022 season is funded in part by Season Superstars the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Season Sponsors the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the state of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts, and US Bank; and Producing Sponsors Ellyn Bye, Ray and Bobbi Davis, Jess Dishman, and Ronni LaCroute. Further support comes from Production Sponsors Mark Spencer, Argyle Winery, and Deschutes Brewery. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE Artists Repertory Theatre’s (Artists Rep or ART) mission is to produce intimate, provocative theatre and provide a home for a diverse community of artists and audiences to take creative risks. Artists Rep (est. 1982) is Portland’s oldest professional theatre company and has become a significant presence in the U.S. regional theatre with a legacy of world, national, and regional premieres of provocative new work with the highest

standards of stagecraft. In 2016, ART became the 72nd member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN). Plays developed by ART have subsequently been produced in New York, Chicago, London, and throughout the country. Recognition for ART developed plays includes the Dramatists Guild Foundation Award, the Edgerton New Play Award, NEA Funding, the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program, American Theatre Magazine’s Most-Produced Plays, and coverage in the New Yorker and the New York Times. In 2021, the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) honored Artists Rep with the Creative Innovation Award for the company’s pivot to digital mediums in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. ART recognizes that we are a predominately white organization and operate within systemic racism and oppression, and that silence and neutrality are actions of complicity. We commit ourselves to the work of becoming an anti-racism and anti-oppression organization, and will work with urgency to end racial inequities in our industry and our culture. To learn more about our organization and programs, please visit https://artistsrep.org/about. Artists Repertory Theatre receives generous support from our community of patrons, including significant leadership gifts from The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation; The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Ronni Lacroute; The Oregon Legislature, The Oregon Cultural Trust and The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; David & Christine Vernier; The Oregon Community Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Additional Corporate and Foundation support comes from The Kinsman Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; The Cowlitz Tribe Education and Arts Fund; Oregon Arts Commission; US Bank; The Jackson Foundation; PGE Foundation; Sheri and Les Biller Foundation; and Rafati’s Catering.


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“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

By Brian Egan

The Howland Open at The Arts Center

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” These words by Mark Twain seem like a good inspiration to start the new year. Explore the first show of 2022 at The Arts Center, featuring “Vessel” a curated show of work by 5 artists dealing with the wonders of the human body: it’s fragility, illness, injury, healing, birth, aging and suffering. The body will be explored directly and through metaphor, using a range of art media. Contributing artists include John Holdway, MV Moran, Alana Risse, Rhonda Vanover and Brenda Whiteghill. While the name of the show evokes images of 3 dimensional pieces most of them will be 2 dimensional images of human bodies as vessels. The show runs from now until February 9th in the main gallery with a reception on January 13 from 4:30 to 7:30. Discover your inner artist at the ever-popular Howland Community Open running from February 15 to March 31 in the main gallery of The Arts Center. This popular exhibit features the work of artists of all ages and skill levels, reflecting the joy of art-making and the engagement of our community with the visual arts. Art-making is a valuable means of expression for beginners and seasoned professional artists alike. The pandemic kept most artists at home in their studios again last year so there should be many great pieces to enjoy. The 2021 show featured over 200 artists showcasing painting, sculpture, fiber arts, and more. If you are interested in participating you can register and find full details at www.theartscenter.net.


Arts Center members can drop off their work from noon to 5pm on February 8th to 11th, non-members can drop off work on February 12th from noon to 4pm.

Imagine the Future After Loss by Genece Cupp

Would you like a glimpse into artists’ dreams of the future? You are invited to come and enjoy “Imagine the Future”, a juried art show at the Benton County Museum in Philomath from January 28 – March 5, 2022. Artists were challenged to envision the future and attempt to delineate the steps to get there in 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional format. Themes include environmental issues, social justice, war and peace, location, community, and family. Many local artists will be featured in the show

Fused glass artist Mel Archer is featured in a show called “Broken Glass, Re-imagined” in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center from January 11th to February 19th. In his words, “I see many opportunities using glass frit to fulfill my urging to see the world thru little daubs of pure color”. Mel started taking fused glass classes at Portland’s Bullseye Glass in 2001 and is now teaching classes and creating art at his home studio in Redmond. Fusible, colored art glass is comparatively new in the world as an art medium. Developed by Bullseye Glass of Portland in the late 1970s, fusible glass is widely used by glass artists all over the world. Very few glass artists have taken the time to develop the custom- blended formulas and techniques that enable Mel to “paint” with glass. Mel’s work was recognized in 2006 as a top 20 “emerging artist” in Bullseye Glass’ international bi-annual competition. The Corvallis Art Walk (CAW) is back, with social distancing measures in place. The next walk is on January 20th from 4pm to 8pm. Please go to www.corvallisartswalk.com for location information.

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L to R: Maria Del Castillo, Jasmine Linée Wood, Nsayi Matingou, Delphon "DJ" Curtis Jr. and Ithica Tell in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" from Portland Center Stage's 2019-2020 season. Photo by Owen Carey/Courtesy of Portland Center Stage at The Armory

The Glam Rock Musical Sensation Hedwig and the Angry Inch Returns After a Smash-Hit Run in 2020 TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION When: January 22 – March 6, 2022 Pay What You Will Performances: January 23 and March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Where: In the Ellyn Bye Studio at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR. To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $67 and tickets may be purchased at pcs.org/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch, 503.445.3700, or in-person from the box office. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change. Ticket Specials: Visit pcs.og/deals to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty, Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more.


his brilliantly innovative, genre-bending, fourth-wallsmashing musical sensation tells the story of Hedwig, a German emigrant, who is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Part rock concert, part cabaret, and part stand-up comedy routine, Hedwig made its debut at the SqueezeBox, a New York City rock 'n' roll drag bar, and then opened an award-winning run Off-Broadway in 1998. The 2001 film adaptation won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a cult classic. In 2014, Hedwig finally debuted on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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By Finn J.D. John

Newcomer's Stinginess With Beach Access Led to Massive Drug Bust ON DECEMBER 6, 1977, A CAR PULLED PAST THE CONSPICUOUS “NO TRESPASSING” AND “BEWARE OF DOG” SIGNS AT THE PERIMETER OF ARTHUR ALLEN’S OCEANSIDE RANCH, ABOUT TEN MILES SOUTH OF BANDON. THREE MEN GOT OUT AND APPROACHED THE HOUSE. Allen, who had obviously been watching them approach, promptly emerged from the house and ordered them off the property. “We’re from the Bureau of Land Management,” one of them said. “We wanted to talk to you about negotiating to buy an easement across your land so visitors can access BLM property on the New River.” Allen relented and let the men approach the house, where he demanded to see their identification. Two of them promptly whipped out their wallets and showed their badges; the third, whose name was Larry Gano, said he’d left his wallet at home. It was a lucky break for Gano that Allen didn’t push it. Because he wasn’t with the BLM. He was with the United States Customs Service. And he was there because he was pretty sure Allen was running a smuggling operation. Spoiler alert: Oh yes, he was. Arthur Allen had been brought to Gano’s attention almost immediately after he had been assigned to the new Customs office in Coos Bay, a month or two before. Plenty of people wanted to talk about him. Allen, though a very recent arrival, had already made a ton of enemies. The reason was simple enough. Allen was the latest in a long list of rich out-ofstaters who’ve come to Oregon, bought shorefront property, and tried to exclude the public from the beach that fronted it. This has always been a first-class ticket to pariah status. Like most folks, South Coast Oregonians are generally happy to mind their own business; and if a real-estate developer


from Southern California wanted to buy a 200-acre oceanside ranch at the end of Croft Lake Lane, why, that was great, and he was welcome to the neighborhood. But when, as almost his first act as their new neighbor, he posted the property with “No Trespassing” signs and built a gate across the only access road to the New River, well, that was very unneighborly. More, they saw it as an overtly hostile act – as if someone had put a gate and “no trespassing” sign across the only road to their house. Not only did they think it unneighborly, they were a bit suspicious of Allen’s motives as well. This now-barricaded road was the only automobile access to the New River, an eight-mile-long stream (not really big enough to be a river) connecting Floras Lake with the ocean. It was a grand place to fish; the previous owner had made a very nice sideline income charging local anglers $2 a trip for the use of the road. These toll fees had brought in hundreds of dollars every year. So Allen’s actions were not only unneighborly, they made no financial sense, and Allen’s claims that he was worried about insurance concerns and gun use and property damage seemed very thin. There had to be some other reason he wanted to keep prying eyes away from the beachfront end of his property … or so these disappointed anglers told Customs Officer Gano, almost immediately upon his arrival. Gano heard some other interesting things, too, about Mr. Allen. A police officer in Bandon reported he’d seen several military-surplus LARC-V amphibious landing craft being hauled through town on low-boy trailers in the direction of the Allen ranch. (The LARC-V — “Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5-ton” — was an updated, more capable vehicle in the style of the DUKW “Duck” landing craft used in World War II.) Cutting off that road made the beachfront part of Allen’s ranch into the closest thing to a private beach that can exist in Oregon; there was no other access without literally swimming across the New River. Neither Gano nor the dozens of disappointed, suspicious anglers needed

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someone to draw them a picture of what sorts of things a guy like Allen might want to do with two or three three amphibious trucks on a secluded beach along the most remote section of shoreline on the West Coast. The first thing Gano had done to look into the matter had been to take a ride on one of the Coast Guard helicopters that regularly patrolled up and down the beach. Scrupulously avoiding the airspace over Allen’s ranch, the pilot skimmed along the beach as Gano shot through a roll of film with a telephoto lens. He definitely didn’t see anything that would allay his suspicions. Although he didn’t see the LARCs, he could see that something LARC-sized (that is, huge – they’re almost too big to fit on a public road) had recently driven down onto the beach and back up again. It was after this overflight that Gano joined the BLM officers in the visit to the farm for a closer look, and what he saw up close convinced him he was on the right track; so he had a set of seismic sensors implanted at the entrance, which would tell him what kind of vehicular traffic was coming to the farm. Gano, by now convinced he was looking at a very large-scale drug smuggling operation, next pulled local law enforcement into the picture. Coos County Sheriff’s deputies joined the U.S. Coast Guard and started a covert surveillance of the property on a 24-hour-a-day basis. Things were relatively quiet for a week or two. But that changed on the night of Dec. 18. On that night, the seismic sensors reported a torrent of traffic in and out of the ranch, and the cops on watch saw many lights moving in and out of the place. The watching cops and Coasties also saw that Allen now had vehicles driving up and down the beach all night, obviously patrolling it. No doubt about it, something was going to happen soon. Another week went by. Then, late on the evening of Dec. 29, the watchers saw something flashing from

Australian soldiers conduct an amphibious landing

The New River, south of Bandon – the scene of what

The Bureau of Land Management’s New River Nature

in a LARC-V during military exercises in 2013. This is

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the same type of vehicle used by the New River mari-

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ed smuggling operation was undertaken.

juana smugglers to bring 17,000 pounds of marijuana

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the gloamy blackness of the winter sea. It was an unlighted ship, as close on shore as it could safely come, signaling to someone on shore. Signal flashes came in response; but then, nothing. Looking at the weather, though, it wasn’t hard to see why all remained quiet. It was a raw, blustery night, and the sea was high and rough. The show was being put on hold for a night. Sure enough, the next evening – New Year’s Eve’s Eve, if you will – the unlighted ship was back. This time, the sea was calmer … calm enough, it seemed. Things got started at 12:30 a.m., when one of the LARCs rolled out of the barn and down to the beach. It stayed there for some time, as signals flashed back and forth from the darkened ship. Then, at 1:18 a.m., it rolled down to the ocean, plunged into the water, forged through the breakers, and made its way out to the ship. It came back an hour and a half later. When it rolled up onto the beach, the watching agents could hear the sounds of jubilant whoops and other celebratory noises from the crew on the beach; then it rolled over to the semi-truck, which had been parked on the beach near at hand, and shadowy figures started transferring large boxes into it. A second LARC now pulled out and, after the first one was fully unloaded, the two truck-boats plunged back into the breakers together for the second run out to the ship – from which they returned at 4:40 a.m., again loaded with boxes. And it was about this time that the authorities decided they’d waited long enough. From a nearby dune, a signal flare shot up into the sky, bathing the beach in what

must have seemed like broad daylight. At the same time, a Coast Guard helicopter swooped down and pinned the ship in its spotlight. By its light, frantic-looking figures on the deck could be seen heaving boxes overboard. Meanwhile, on the beach, police officers and Coast Guardsmen moved in. “Freeze!” someone shouted. The smugglers, of course, did not freeze; as soon as the flare went out, plunging the beach back into darkness, they scattered. But officers were able to round up most of them, and of course the LARC-Vs and semi-trailer weren’t going anywhere. After that, it was just a case of mopping things up. The ship managed to elude the Coast Guard helicopter in the darkness, but when dawn broke they soon spotted it again; the crew had tried to scuttle it, but had succeeded only in waterlogging it (they were subsequently found pulling for shore in a lifeboat, and taken into custody). It was the 147-foot freighter Cigale, of Panamanian registry; one of the gang had bought it in Europe the previous year for around $300,000. It had, they later learned, come straight across the sea from Thailand with seven and a half tons of “Thai stick” marijuana to be unloaded on the beach. It was the largest drug bust in the history of the West Coast at that time. And it all came about because a newcomer from another state underestimated the depth of the average Oregonian’s proprietary feelings toward the state’s beaches. In California or Washington, blocking off that road would have been no big deal. “Oh, the old owner let you use the beach, did he? Well, sorry, I won’t be doing that.” And, because the beach can be private property in those states, a disappointed shrug would have been the only logical response.

But in Oregon, the locals reacted to Allen’s closure of the road as if he were denying them access to their own property – which, in effect, he was. This sentiment must have taken Allen by surprise. This massive operation obviously was not, as they say, his first rodeo – with its millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and (ahem) inventory, not to mention payroll. He cannot have been ignorant of the increased danger that would befall his operation if he made enemies of all the neighbors for miles around. Yet that is exactly what he did. Allen and his colleagues were tried and sentenced to relatively mild prison terms – in the five- to seven-year range. What became of them after their release I have not been able to learn (although I will freely confess that I didn’t try very hard). As for their ranch – it was bought by Ann and Nancy Wilson, the guitar-slinging sisters who front the rock band Heart, in 1980. They set up a thoroughbred horse training facility there, and ran it till 1987, when they sold it to the Bureau of Land Management. Today, it’s part of the BLM’s 1,000-acre New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern – called the Storm Ranch Unit – and boasts miles of walking trails and a visitor center/museum. (Sources: “U.S. vs. Arthur Allen & al,” a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1981, via justia.com; “The Fascinating History of New River,” an illustrated article on the Coastal Sotheby’s Realty Website; Portland Oregonian archives from January 1978)

Finn J.D. John teaches at Oregon State University and writes about odd tidbits of Oregon history. His book, Heroes and Rascals of Old Oregon, was recently published by Ouragan House Publishers. To contact him or suggest a topic: finn@offbeatoregon.com or 541-357-2222. Happy New Year! | www.willametteliving.com


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Cannabis gets a bad rap daily. Typically, when people think of Cannabis, they think of people “getting stoned and sitting on the couch.” They give no consideration to the pain relief patients receive or the coveted sleep that it garners for many. Just wait until word gets out that Cannabis can help you lose weight, perhaps the truth will paint the plant in a better light!

(THCV). THCV is said to be found especially in the African Landrace (original) Sativa strains, most notably Durban Poison. It truly acts as an appetite suppressant and gives you energy to boot. Who knew? Well, several of us, actually – but we’re not telling pHARMA as they will simply synthesize it and somehow outlaw the plant again, given half a chance.

I have seen patients who “slept off 75 pounds.” I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve seen it more than once. It is believed to happen because the body reaches homeostasis or “perfect balance” when Cannabis is used. It happened with people who made no change in their exercise routine or eating habits. Each of the patients used a decent size dose of Cannabis Oil Concentrate at night, while they slept. For most, it will be an Indica and not a hybrid or Sativa dominate strain.

There’s absolutely no requirement or need to smoke the Cannabis; it can all be converted into capsules, elixirs, tinctures, suppositories, cooking oils and more. You can do it yourself! Wouldn’t you rather have a capsule or elixir that you can discreetly use instead of something that must be smoked? Awkward! Smoking is SO last century and many people simply don’t enjoy the smell of smoke. Interestingly enough, if the smell isn’t pleasant to you, that strain you smell isn’t the strain that would be best suited for you, based on the terpenes in it (but that’s a story for another issue).

Other patients are having great luck using strains that are high in the Cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin

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Over the Top : a Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness The style-expert star of Queer Eye shares deeply personal stories from his Midwestern childhood, revealing how he channeled his passions and setbacks into the positive energy that shaped his signature brand. (Nonfiction)

The Pull of the Stars : a novel by Emma Donoghue A novel set in 1918 Dublin offers a three-day look at a maternity ward during the height of the Great Flu pandemic (Fiction)

The Slaughterman's Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits Fable-inspired stories within stories, told from the nuanced perspectives of interrelated characters, follow the experiences of a Jewish woman in late19th-century Russia, who uses her secret talents as a ritual slaughterer to retrieve a faithless brother-in-law. (Fiction)

Starfish by Lisa Fipps A debut novel-in-verse follows the experiences of a girl who tries to change her behavior when she is bullied for her weight, before a swimming hobby, a kind therapist and an accepting new neighbor help her embrace her true self. (Children, Fiction)

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh The creator of the award-winning Hyperbole and a Half presents a new collection of comedic, autobiographical and deceptively illustrated essays on topics ranging from childhood and very bad pets to grief, loneliness and powerlessness in modern life. 400,000 first printing. Illustrations. (Graphic Novel, Nonfiction)

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Station Eleven : a novel by Emily St. John Mandel The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of King Lear marks the beginning of the world's dissolution, in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates. By the author of The Lola Quartet. Read by Antony Ferguson. (Fiction)

by Ashley Audrain A devoted mother with a painful past gradually realizes that something is very wrong with her daughter, a fear that is complicated by her husband’s dismissive views and the birth of a healthy son. (Fiction)

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Spirit Run : a 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land by Noé Álvarez A debut memoir by the son of workingclass Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State,

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Underland : A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane This Place : 150 Years Retold by Katherena Vermette A graphic novel anthology depicts the last one hundred fifty years of Canadian history as seen through the eyes of the Indigenous peoples who inhabited the land before the Europeans arrived (Young Adult, Graphic Novel)

The award-winning author of The Old Ways presents an exploration of the planet's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory and geography, offering unsettling perspectives into whether or not humans are making the correct choices for Earth's future. (Nonfiction

Nearly three centuries after their coastal community’s witch trials, the women athletes of the 1989 Danvers Falcons hockey team combine individual and collective talents with 1980s iconography to storm their way to the state finals. (Fiction)

Where the Lost Wander : a novel by Amy Harmon Unspeakable : the Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

To Have and to Hoax : a novel by Martha Waters

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After their marriage has become cold and detached, a Lady and Lord in Regency England each fake accidents and illness in an escalating game of manipulation that includes sanitariums, fake affairs and

Set on Overland Trail in 1853, a young widow sets off with her family for a life out West – a journey fraught with hardship, fear, death and terrible sacrifice that leads her into the arms of a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds. (Fiction)

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What's New, River Gallery Window Artist for January + February - Gerry Brehm Stroll by our front window to appreciate the ceramic creations of Gerry Brehm. His creative touch is delightful! Gerry’s Artist Statement: I try to make a concerted effort to humanize an organic material to show our human feelings and emotions. Clay with a little heart and soul. A small artist with big dreams.

January 1st, 2022 - January 31st, 2022 We are going to have a MASKED BALL! A virtual Masked Ball. With Prizes! Cash prizes! The Rules: Create your own 3D mask, any medium! Your mask must cover nose & mouth. Snap a selfie, wearing your mask! Extra points for snapping your selfie at River Gallery! Post your selfie on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag: #RiverGalleryBall2022 Post your selfie by midnight, 1/31/22 Prizes: Age 13+ : 1st place, $100 - 2nd place, $50 - 3rd place, $25 Age 12 and under: 1st place, $50 - 2nd place, $30 - 3rd place, $20. So grab your sequins, pipe cleaners, ribbon, fake fur and glue gun and get to creating. Better yet, have a crafting party! Invite your friends and see who can create the most outrageous, colorful, spangly mask around. Take pictures. It does need to be both over-the-top amazing but also practical -- it must cover your nose and mouth. We are eager to see what you can create.

"Depth of Field" explores a rich tradition of Northwest photography The Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA) is pleased to present “Depth of Field: Selections from the Bill Rhoades Collection of Northwest Photography,” opening January 4 and continuing through April 23, 2022, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center. Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci in collaboration with the collector, the exhibition presents a range of Northwest photographs donated to the HFMA by Bill Rhoades of Madras, Oregon. The photography focus within the museum’s Bill Rhoades Collection has grown extensively in recent years and explores the history of Northwest Photography through some of the most significant regional photographers and photo groups of the past one hundred years. The early art photography movement had important contributors in the Pacific Northwest, including Edward Curtis and Imogen Cunningham in Washington, both represented in this exhibition, and Myra Wiggins and Lily White in Oregon. The exhibition also includes work by photographers from the Farm Services Administration (a 1930s WPA-era federal project that included Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Minor White, among others), the Advanced Interim Workshop (a Portland based group led by Minor White that began in 1959), Blue Sky Gallery (founded in 1975 as a venue for the newest ideas in contemporary photography), and the Portland Photographic Workshop (a group formed in 1982 by Stu Levy and Stewart Harvey to improve craft and aesthetics). In addition to photographers who fit into this historical framework, the collection holds work by other influential photographers such as Mary Randlett, Michael Kenna, and Robert Adams, as well as a range of contemporary photographers from the Northwest. Over the past twenty-four years Rhoades has donated close to 900 artworks by artists from, or affiliated with, the Northwest. With his first donation to the museum in 1998, the year the museum opened, Rhoades has been instrumental in helping the museum build the strong foundation of Northwest art for which it is well known. The collection includes not only the photography as seen in this exhibition but also paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, as well as traditional Native American basketry and beadwork. As a special feature, the exhibition will be accompanied by a brochure with an essay on Rhoades and the collection by professor emeritus of art history Roger Hull. An online panel discussion is planned to be held in February with the date yet to be announced. The event will be moderated by Jonathan Bucci, and will include Bill Rhoades and several photographers from the exhibition.

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“Depth of Field: Selections from the Bill Rhoades Collection of Northwest Photography” has been supported in part by funds from the HFMA Exhibition Fund; by advertising support from The Oregonian/Oregon Live; and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.


Al Monner, “Manuel Izquierdo in His Studio, ” 1967, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR, The Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, 2010.008.020.

Cherie Hiser, “Self Portrait with Sandy, ” 1974, gelatin silver print, 6.25 x 10 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR, The Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, 2014.013.012.

Dorothea Lange, “One of Chris Adolph’s Younger Children‚” 1939 (printed later), gelatin silver print from Library of Congress negative, 10.5 x 13.5 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR, The Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, 2018.008.013.

Terry Toedtemeier, “Lost Boy Cave, ” 2000, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR, The Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, 2010.008.032.

Mick Briscoe, “Seedpod and Feather with Lightdance,” 1995, gelatin silver print, 13.25 x 10.25 in., Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR, The Bill Rhoades Collection, donated by Mick Briscoe and Bill Rhoades, 2019.035.009.

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The Importance of Strength Training, Especially as We Age By Nathan Haines, Co-Owner/General Manager of Fitness Over 50 in Corvallis WHEN MOST OF US THINK OF WEIGHTLIFTING, WE PICTURE BODY BUILDERS IN FRONT OF A MIRROR OR ATHLETES TRAINING TO BE AT THEIR PEAK PERFORMANCE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SPORTS. BOTH TYPICALLY INVOKE IMAGES OF HEAVY WEIGHTS BEING MOVED AROUND AND LOTS OF SWEATING AND LOUD NOISES. FOR A LOT OF US (ESPECIALLY AS WE GET OLDER) THOSE IDEAS ARE A TURN OFF, AND NOT SOMETHING WE WOULD WANT TO DO EVEN IF WE COULD. The truth is, however, that we all can benefit from a basic strength training program (using body weight, machines, or free weights) no matter our age, and the health improvements from working with resistance go way beyond simply “looking fit”. Before we talk about the benefits of strength training, we’ll look at the risks of NOT lifting weights. Sarcopenia is a condition where an individual loses skeletal muscle mass and function. And while it is not exclusive to the older adult population, it is more prevalent in individuals over 60 years of age. It is estimated that more than 40 million people currently suffer from some stage of the disorder. This loss of muscle mass is directly correlated with a higher risk of weakness, frailty, morbidity, and a lower quality of life. Weakness and frailty can lead to balance issues, a higher risk of falling, osteoporosis, and other conditions that make it harder to be active, thus increasing the


chance for further loss of muscle mass. The good news is that sarcopenia can be halted, and even reversed. Along with proper diet and nutrition, strength training is the major combatant of sarcopenia. As well as building muscle, strength training can help improve your neuromuscular system, balance out your hormones, and help your body turn protein in to energy. Another important benefit of strength training is the improvement of activities of daily living (ADL). After all, most of us want to not only improve the quantity, but more importantly the quality of our life. Activities such as getting up out of a chair or out of the car, walking up stairs, carrying groceries, etc. may seem easy now, but without some sort of regimented exercise plan will no doubt get harder as we age. Don’t wait until it is too late. Get started on a well thought out strength training program now and be active and independent in to your 80’s and 90’s. Other benefits of strength training: Increase of lean tissue vs. fat tissue A higher percentage of fat tissue leads to a greater risk of heart disease, cardiac events, stroke, diabetes, and morbidity.

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Lean tissue (muscle) requires more caloric output than fat tissue. Therefore, the more lean tissue we have the more daily calories we will burn, even at rest! This will lead to healthier weight management as we age.

Improve your mood Strength training can lead to an increased release of endorphins and other natural chemicals that increase positive feelings and lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety. Feeling stronger physically often makes us feel more confident and in turn leads to an uptick in our general outlook on life. As with any fitness routine, it is important to check with your doctor, physical therapist, or exercise professional before adding new exercises. And, since strength training exercises generally involve important tips on proper form, resistances, etc., it is especially important to find someone qualified to get you started on a plan that incorporates your goals and other factors such as age and preexisting injuries. Finally, if you are worried that adding strength training to your exercise routine will cause you to unpleasantly “bulk up”, don’t. Unless you are taking extra measures nutritionally and participating in a specific bodybuilding type strength training routine, you won’t be on the cover of any weight lifting magazine anytime soon. Instead, get started on a proper weightlifting routine and enjoy the benefits of being lean, healthy, and fit well in to your later years!


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Scio Hardware and Mercantile, your local hardware and general merchandise store for the novice and experienced DIY’er.

Camp Namanu

Sandy, OR "Camp Namanu is a welcoming, empowering place for kids entering grades K-12 to spend their summer. Youth of all backgrounds are encouraged to try this inclusive and supportive resident camp, ranch and day camp, which run from July-August. Kids can stay for as little as three days or for up to two weeks." 503-224-7800 www.campnamanu.org

Camp Tamarack

Sisters, OR (Suttle Lake) "With a 1 to 4 staff to camper ratio, we offer campers ages 8-12 a wide variety of activities -- from tee shirt printing to ceramics, paddle boarding to snorkeling, and extreme sports to camping, just to name a few! With a rotating activities schedule, there’s never a dull moment. You’ll find campers making friendship bracelets or paper beads, learning archery, on a camp-wide scavenger hunt, canoeing on our lake, hiking and exploring, and jumping on our water trampoline. And of course the gaga ball pit is never empty. After dinner, campers participate in the evening olympic games and campfire. The days are full and the days are fun!" 541-610-9946 / melissa@camptamarack.com www.camptamarack.com

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Camp Westwind

Otis, OR - above Lincoln City, just off Hwy 101 "Fostering life-changing outdoor experiences since 1936, the Camp Westwind experience allows campers to leave civilization behind and enter a world of sun, sand, and new friends. Campers are welcomed as they cross the Salmon River on canoes (or ferries), met by camp staff singing them into a highlight of their summer.

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Once at Westwind campers immerse themselves in outdoor activities and camp traditions, and imagination comes alive! Campers spend a week participating in cabin activities and choosing some of their own daily activities while making friends, developing skills, growing in confidence and creating lasting memories in Westwind’s wild and scenic setting." 541-994-2383 / camp@westwind.org www.westwind.org

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Office in Portland, Base of operations in the historic mining town of Jawbone Flats, in the Opal Crreek Wilderness area. (east of Salem above Detriot Lake) "For 6 days/5 nights, youth ages 10-17 can join us in the Oregon backcountry for a unique and rewarding summer camp experience. Our one-of-a-kind model teaches: backcountry skills, confidence, learning from nature, Leave No Trace, dedication to safety, and fun! We provide all food and group gear (e.g., tents, camp stoves, water filters), and each youth brings a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad as key personal gear you'll need. We have a full gear closet available to you for any items you do not already own." 503-892-2782 / info@opalcreek.org www.opalcreek.org

Scio Hardware and Mercantile

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The Grapevine

Just minutes from Corvallis or Salem!

Wines for the New Year

VISIT EMERSON VINYARDS The winery is open to visitors daily from noon to five. If you’d like to come out at other times, we’d love to have you. Please email or call to arrange a visit. For our safety, and yours, we’d appreciate it if you wore a mask when you enter. We’ll also ask you to give us your contact info so we can provide information to Polk County and the Oregon Health Department if needed. We’re excited to welcome you back!

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A suggestion from Tom Johns @ Emerson Vineyards

Emerson Vineyards 2018 Avelina Estate Pinot Noir Our flagship Pinot noir, Avelina, is a beautiful, sophisticated wine that has an extended barrel age of over 2 years. 2018 produced vibrant, intense fruit which led to a complex wine, layered wiht dark fruit and minerals. The beautiful garnet clarity leads the way to aromas of cherries, raspberries, cola and oak. Smooth and succulent cherry and raspberry flavors are laced with our sites signature earthiness and mineralogy. The long lingering finish offers additional flavors of tobacco and spice. The extended barrel age adds to the overall complexity & age ability of this fine wine. Pair with roasted chicken or pork, autumn vegetables, and rich dark chocolate. $45 for the bottle. Visit www.emersonvineyards.com for more information.

The Grapevine A suggestion from Tabitha Compton @ Compton Family Wines Compton Family Wines Garden Series Sauvignon Blanc 2020 2020 Tasting Note: Oh my – this Sauvignon Blanc will delight your first whiff. An outstanding example of this varietal’s nose of fresh herbs/citrus/sweet fruit and flowers, quite striking. Sleek, smooth and succulent all at once, honeysuckle, stone fruit, citrus, and spice flavors are tinged with hints of jasmine and slate. Long finish lingers, clean and smooth. Perfect paired with fish and lighter fare, like Tabitha's Lemon Chicken! (Below) $20 for the bottle Visit www.comptonwines.com for more.

Tabitha's Lemon Chicken Ingredients: 1 chicken breast per person White flour to dredge Parmesan cheese to coat Italian bread crumbs to coat 2-3 beaten eggs Pinch of salt Oil for cooking Melted butter to drizzle 2-3 Lemons- to squeeze over cooked chicken and to garnish with thin slices Parsley for garnish- I prefer dried Directions: Place each chicken breast between parchment paper; pound flat until thin and even. Prepare three separate dipping stations- One with white flour, one with 2-3 beaten eggs plus a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of water in it, and one with ½ Italian bread crumbs and ½ Parmesan cheese. Prepare and heat one large skillet; over medium high heat; with part oil and part melted butter, to cover the bottom of the pan.

One at a time, dip the chicken in the flour, then the egg wash, then dredge into the bread crumb & cheese mixture. Place in your prepared skillet; don’t overcrowd. Remove pieces when golden brown, be careful not to burn them. You may have to change your oil and butter if it is getting too dark; happens to me a lot. Once golden then place the pieces on a baking sheet, to finish the baking process. NOTE: if making hours ahead you can stop at this point and bake closer to eating. Drizzle each chicken breast with melted butter and bake an additional 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees to finish. Once baked through squeeze fresh lemon juice over each breast. Top each serving with thinly sliced lemon and garnish with parsley. Serve with wide-buttered noodles garnished with parsley; and a green vegetable. Tabitha requests this for her birthday dinner every year!

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The Grapevine

Expressive wines with distinctive depth and character from the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Visit one of our charming tasting rooms for an exceptional tasting experience of our award-winning wines.

A suggestion from Regina Durrant @ Jacob Williams Winery 2018 Jacob Williams Reserve Syrah Curl up by the fire and crack this beauty. Pairs perfectly with Jacob Williams' roasted rosemary hazelnuts or a braised lamb dinner at home. Perfect for those cold, winter nights ahead.

Two Locations: 232 NE 3rd Street, McMinnville, OR 3 Avery Road, Wishram WA

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Incredible earthy and saline characters round out this full and rich wine. Savory herbs and dried stone fruits. Retail $60. Wine Club Price $42. Visit www.jacobwilliamswinery.com for more information.

Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat 2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis

del Alma

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: delalmarestaurant.com

Dining in the Valley

Queen’s Chopstick

Open for dinner Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00 136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222


Novak’s Hungarian

Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. CURRENT HOURS: Thursday & Friday 11:30 -- 4:00 Buffet from 5:00 to close. 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488 www.novakshungarian.com

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

Kaiyo Sushi Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites. Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert. A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s) (541) 497-2622

Homegrown Oregon Foods Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free. Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details. 212 1st. Ave. in Albany 541-971-7174 www.homegrownoregonfoods.com Happy New Year! | www.willametteliving.com


Mixing it up with Kinn In a new treat for 2022, we present the secrets behind master mixologist, Kinn Edwards most popular cocktails from his restaurant, del Alma, in Corvallis.

Valentine's Day Impress your sweetie, with sweets!

Le Patissier

CORVALLIS 956 NW Circle Blvd. Corvallis, OR 97330 541-752-1785 www.lepatissiere.biz

Pastry chef Didier sets the standard. All their viennoisseries and pastries are made fresh with only the finest ingredients. Everything is made fresh at Le Patissier. Didier is from Lyon, France. The creation of all of the food is done with a skill and craftsmanship that are the result of years of training and practice. Le Patissier takes great pride in everything they create and serve to their customers. Another "Best of the Valley" winner, year in and year out.

Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes

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SALEM 2195 Hyacinth St. NE Ste. 101 Salem, OR 97301 www.michelleashley.com

The Luminescent Sour Tea infused vodka – ratio: 1 to 1.5 oz loose tea to a fifth of vodka – any good quality vodka and any tropical tea – available at Oregon Coffee and Tea in Corvallis. Place the tea in a medium Mason Jar and pour to cover with the vodka – let steep for 1 to 4 hours, but NOT longer to avoid bitter tannins from the tea. Do not heat the vodka, just let the tea infuse in room temperature vodka.

Michelle is a whirlwind of flour, sugar and baking magic! Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes can create any baked good your heart desires from simple cupcakes to macarons to (if Valentine's Day goes REALLY well), fantastic wedding cakes! Voted "Best of the Valley" in multiple publications - including this one - Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes is a valley favorite.

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Simple syrup – 50% water 50% granulated white sugar – heat to dissolve sugar and create a syrup. For the drink: 2 oz. Tea Infused Vodka 1 oz. Simple Syrup (cooled) ¾ to 1 oz. Lime Juice


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Maybe the way to your Valentine's heart is NOT through the stomach?? Here's a back up plan just in case, or maybe a pre-dinner plan to spend a little quiet time together! The Corvallis Museum is now open, and it's really cool! Or, take a ride out to Philomath and appreciate the current show "Picturing Women Inventors." Yep, Liquid Paper... invented by a woman.

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Soup Time! Nothing warms the bones like a nice bowl of hot soup in these chilly, rainy winter days. Here's a few low-hassle soup recipes that are sure winners with your friends and family.

Classic Chili


Instructions Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally. Add the chili powder, cumin, tomato paste, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.

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Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with avocado slices, tortilla chips, cheese, onion, sour cream, or all of the above! Serve and enjoy. Photo: David Blackwell

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium yellow onion -diced 1 pound 90% lean ground beef 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups beef broth 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

Clam Chowder Whatever a Nor'easter is, this soup is proven remedy for it. Recipe & Illustrations: Josephine Alexander

Ingredients 1/4 lb. bacon, chopped 1 med. yellow onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 to 3/4 lb chopped clams 3-4 russet potatoes, shredded 1 Tbs Worstershire Sauce Salt & Pepper to taste

1 tsp thyme 1 tsp dill (dried) dash of Tabasco 3 c. water 1 Bay leaf 2 C. Milk + 1/2 c. cream Fresh parsley and chives, chopped

Directions Sauté bacon, onion, celery, and carrots until bacon is crispy. Add clams, stir lightly then add Worstershire sauce, salt and pepper, dill, Tabasco, water, thyme, bay leaf and potatoes. Cook 30 minutes. Then add milk and cream. Keep hot, do not boil. Garnish with Fresh parsley and chives.

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"Souper" Simple Vegan Split Pea This soup is so easy! A real warmer-upper, this split pea is very creamy and you won't believe there's no ham in it! Ingredients 2 Carrots 1 Medium Yellow Onion 2 Stalks of Celery 2 Cups Mushrooms 2 32 oz boxes of Vegetable Broth 1 Tsp Stubbs Liquid Smoke 16 oz. dried green split peas (1/2 of 32 oz. bag)

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Directions Wash and roughly cut carrots, onion and celery - they're going in the blender, so just chop into big pieces. Boil carrots, onion, celery, and peas in vegetable broth plus water to fill a big soup pot. Boil until peas are cooked -- takes a while -- add more water if needed to avoid burning. Add mushrooms and boil another 5 minutes. Add liquid smoke, and blend until creamy smooth. Do in 2 batches if you want. Be careful, it's hot! Salt and pepper to taste.

Don't Feel Like Cooking? No problem! Co-op Kitchen Soups Nothing beats a piping-hot soup on a cold winter’s day, especially when it’s the Co-op Kitchen doing all the hard work. Their house-made soups feature all natural, non-GMO ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, and they’re available every day at both First Alternative locations. Got a hankering for something hot while you're out-and-about? The Co-op Deli features several freshly made ready-to-eat soups daily. Grab yourself a ladle and one of their to-go containers and a super soup lunch awaits. If you’re curious what’s on the menu, just give them a call. Rest assured, it’s going to be a tasty classic or exciting new favorite. No idea what to do for dinner? Look for heat-and-eat versions of your favorite soups and a whole lot more in the Grab ‘N’ Go Coolers and bakery cases. They’ve got nourishing food for the whole family, including a salad bar, baked goods, sides, heat-and-eat main dishes, and desserts, all of it fresh and delicious. Let the Co-op Kitchen cook for you!

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PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

What's New for Two Thousand Twenty Two? If anticipating the market for you is fun, just think about Two Thousand Twenty One!

WHILE THE LOCAL BUYING FRENZY HAS COOLED OFF SLIGHTLY, THAT'S ALWAYS TRUE OF THE HOLIDAY/WINTER SEASON. LOCAL HOME INVENTORY IS STILL VERY LOW, AND SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES CONTINUE TO PLAGUE LOCAL BUILDERS. So come the spring thaw, we're most likely looking at a red hot seller's market again in 2022. Home mortgage rates are still at very desirable levels which is great for buyers, and homeowners are looking at record levels of equity increases tempting them to list their home and get that money in-hand for new plans. Both are indicators of spring and summer transactions picking up to a fever pitch again soon. Are you thinking of getting into the home selling game this season? What should you do to prepare if you're thinking about listing this spring? 1. Attend to maintenance projects you may have put off for a while. Get that HVAC system tuned up, check on the roof, do you need paint? Exterior or interior? Or both? Do you have flakey extension cords running here and there? What's happening in the garage? Remember, your home sale will include inspections -- it's better to be ahead of the game than to bring your transaction to a halt with a bad inspection result. 2. De-clutter! Home shoppers don't want to see all of your stuff like photos of every relative you have, or your collection of figurines, or your stack of newspapers from 1978. Home buyers need to be able to picture your home as their home -- that is the goal after all. So put aunt Mabel's framed photo in a box and get her ready for a place of prominence in your next home. 3. Clean and refresh. Sure, you love your Saint Bernard, but as far as home shoppers are concerned, he's a soggy mess in the winter. Make sure to keep Fido's lifestyle under control, at least until your potential buyers have sealed the deal.


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4. Kitchen and bath, redo any less than perfect silicon sealer, clean tile grout and repair or replace any funky faucets, towel bars, or shower caddys. Definitely lose the furry toilet seat cover. 5. Staging, if you're home doesn't give people a cool and chic feeling like they just walked into an Ikea showroom, call a local stager. Good staging companies will bring all that cool stuff over and make your home look like a million bucks. Sure it costs a bit to have your home staged, but it will be well worth it when you realize a quick sale at full asking price, or if the recent local market holds true, a bidding war! 6. How's your curb appeal? In some instances, the "walk-up" to your home can leave a big impression. Do buyers have to mess around with sticky gates, or make their way through a jungle of unkept foliage? How's the front door working, is it sticky, does it make a haunted house noise upon opening? All of these are key to getting off on the right foot. Deal with them early! 7. Don't hover, buyers don't like to feel like they are being watched by store security. They like to talk amongst themselves when they are making this very important decision. It's kind of like you're the groom seeing the bride before the wedding -make yourself scarce! Professional real estate agents are good at keeping the show moving and at not letting potential buyers get off track, let them do their job. Pro tip: when you know you have a showing scheduled, bake cookies! Buyers love to walk into a home that smells like fresh baked cookies! Or if that's too much work, boil a little apple juice with a cinnamon stick in it on the stove for a few minutes -same result, less work. Of course if you can actually offer buyers a warm cookie, that can't hurt, it works for the Marriott Hotel chain! Good luck with your sale, and enjoy your next destination!


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On the Money

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Beneficiaries By Sten Carlson IF YOU’VE EVER SPENT TIME WORKING THROUGH YOUR ESTATE PLAN, YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SELECT AND UPDATE YOUR BENEFICIARIES. Failing to do so can result in costly mistakes – for you and your loved ones. Here are five common mistakes that can easily be avoided with a bit of proactive planning: Mistake #1 Not naming a beneficiary on all accounts. Ensure you have beneficiary designations on all of your retirement, investment and banking accounts, as well as your insurance policies. If you don’t name a beneficiary on one or more accounts, your estate becomes the beneficiary of that account and your loved ones will need to go through the probate process (a legal process most families want to avoid for financial and emotional reasons). If this happens, your relative can lose their ability to use “stretch” payouts based on their life expectancy because the tax-advantaged status for retirement assets is lost. Mistake #2 Forgetting to name a contingent beneficiary on all accounts. Many people list the same loved one – usually a partner or parent – as the primary beneficiary on most or all accounts. If this is how you’ve handled your assets, it is important for you to also name a contingent beneficiary. This is because if your primary beneficiary passes away first and no contingent beneficiaries are listed, it’s comparable to having no beneficiary designation. If you both die at the same time, funds go into probate.

Naming contingent beneficiaries also gives the primary beneficiary the option to execute a qualified disclaimer so some assets can pass to next-in-line loved ones. For example, a primary beneficiary may not wish to claim the assets because of tax implications or because they don’t need the assets and prefer instead to pass your gift onto another beneficiary.

Mistake #3 Not using specific names. One mistake many people make is listing a generic term – such as children, parents or aunts – instead of specific names in their beneficiary selections. This can be problematic, especially if you are part of a blended family. Many states won’t include or recognize stepchildren when the word “children” is listed. Another risk of vagueness is that a family member you’ve lost contact with may enter the picture and try to claim a piece of your remaining assets. With this in mind, make sure you use full names of each person when naming beneficiaries. Mistake #4 Failing to review your beneficiary selections regularly. Beneficiary designations override your will, so it’s crucial

to keep them up to date. You may need to update your choices every few years due to life changes, such as if beneficiaries have died or your relationship with them has changed. This is particularly applicable if you’ve gone through a divorce or remarried. If your ex-spouse inadvertently remains the designated beneficiary of an account, he or she may have the upper hand if the case winds up in court. Mistake #5 Not communicating your preferences with your partner and family. Communicating your legacy wishes is an important step to helping your loved ones know what to expect upon your death. While it can be tough to initiate the conversation, doing so can help reassure loved ones that you have a plan. Keep in mind that you don’t need to share the exact amount of money you plan to pass down to respective family members, unless doing so is your preference. Instead, share high-level details that give your family insight into how you intend to share your hard-earned wealth. Estate planning isn’t the most enjoyable part of planning for your financial future, but it is crucial to helping ensure that your assets are handled the way you desire after you no longer have control. Beneficiary designations can be complex, and depending on your situation, it may be hard to decide who to list as the recipient of assets. If you want a second opinion or help assessing the implications of your options, consult an estate planner and financial advisor in your area.

Sten Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR.

Sten Carlson is a Private Wealth Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Corvallis, Oregon. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies. Contact him at www.PacWestWealthPartners.com

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The Haberdasher


Tips for a Better Shopping Experience By Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher

THE NEW YEAR IS A GREAT TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR WARDROBE. Many guys feel intimidated by the idea of shopping for clothing and accessories. Here are 5 ways to have more fun shopping for the items you need to look your best. Chill out. Find a shop where you feel comfortable. If you are uncomfortable it will be hard to find anything that feels

right. The atmosphere of the shop itself (the music & decor) will have an effect on your shopping mood. Find one you can relate to. Find a guide. I personally find that I have a much better experience when I find a salesperson who is knowledgeable about the items that I am interested in shopping for. They can usually be depended upon for advice on how the item should fit, what colors look best together and more importantly how they look on you. Follow the Money. Make sure the salespeople are not working on commission. They will be much more likely to give you an honest opinion about how the items look on you. Hard pressure sales tactics are not conducive to an enjoyable experience. Fit is King. If you are shopping off the rack, be ready to get items altered. The fit of your


clothes is more important than any other single factor. get to know your alterations tailor. Be Particular. Don't buy it unless it is right (unless of course it can be altered to fit). If you buy something that is a little too tight or a color that is not your shade, you are probably going to reach for something else to wear. Follow these simple tips and you will have more fun in 2022 and you will look great doing it! If you need assistance in finding your style give us a call, we will be happy to help. Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

Oscar Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at



Willamette Living Magazine | January / February 2022

In The Garden

Love is What We Need


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“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” - Lyrics by Hal David

By Brenda Powell

HAPPY NEW YEAR. IT’S A NEW BEGINNING. IN DECEMBER I THOUGHT ABOUT PEACE. PEACE ON EARTH, PEACE IN THE GARDEN. NOW MY THOUGHTS TURN TO LOVE. When my husband and I named our farm Love and Grace Farms, it was because that is what both of us have experienced in our lives and it is what we hope to share with others we encounter. We joke about our love garden. We didn’t design one specifically. We just started accumulating garden art with that theme: two people dancing, a metal heart, two people in conversation, heads together, and a heart water bowl. Our most recent addition was a stone and glass heart. If our order ever gets filled by a concrete company, we will add a concrete “LOVE” statue. I thought to myself: why haven’t I created a special landscape area with a complete theme? One with garden art and plants that symbolize love? Red flowers, fragrant flowers, plants with heart-shaped leaves, and flower symbolism could direct my design. Below are two lists, one of flowers that symbolize love and the other of plants with heart-shaped leaves.

Heliotrope (annual here): Eternal love, devotion Honeysuckle: Bonds of love. Red Rose: “Love, I love you.” Purple lilac: First love Red Tulips: Unconditional love and passion. Lavender: Love and devotion. White Jasmine: Sweet love, amiability. Red Carnation: I love you. Primrose: Eternal love. Plants with heart-shaped leaves: Hosta Brunnera Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum) Redbud (Cercis) As it turns out, many of these plants are already in my landscape, and there’s plenty of space to add the ones that aren’t represented, though not all together in one section. So, I’ll just think of it as spreading my love around.

Flowers that symbolize love: Yarrow: Everlasting love. Aster: Symbol of love in Greek mythology Red Camellia: “You’re a flame of my heart”

Brenda Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.


Follow her writing at garlandnursery.wordpress.com

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Let it Go By Kris Denning

IT’S A NEW YEAR AND TIME TO START FRESH. WE SAY THIS EVERY YEAR, YET HOW MANY PEOPLE START THE YEAR OFF WITH A CLEAN SLATE? I SAY, TAKE A LOAD OFF BEFORE YOU STEP INTO TOMORROW. It’s time to let go of so many things. Start with one room or closet and fill boxes and bags up with things you don’t use and let them go. When deciding what to get rid of, hold the item and sense how you feel inside. Does this item make you feel happy? Joyful? Lighter? Keep it. However, many things that we decide to keep a hold of, we are doing so out of guilt because it perhaps used to belong to someone we loved. If it holds sentimental value, it should still spark a happiness inside of you. If it doesn’t, let it go. Stuff is only stuff after all. Perhaps the stuff you let go of will spark joy in someone else! Take a load off by letting go of resent-



“Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight, carry that weight a long time…” – John Lennon, Paul McCartney

ments toward other people or situations. Anger toward others only serves to add weight to your life. Stop retelling the stories to yourself and others, about how angry you are at someone or how you felt slighted by circumstances. Stop reliving experiences that brought you sorrow and pain. Those are just old stories that are keeping you stuck. It’s time to let them go and move forward. There is joy and happiness and abundance in your midst. If you continue to be weighed down by the past, you are cutting off access to your own peace and happiness now. Now is all that matters. Let go of regrets. Breathe away all of those could’ve, would’ve, should’ve thoughts. Those are old stories again, that weigh heavy on you and have no bearing on the present. The energetic weight of these regrets blocks new opportunities and experiences that may be heading your way.

Letting go takes practice, patience, and repetition. It takes being aware of your thoughts and what you speak aloud and noticing how your body feels as you think and speak these things. If a thought constricts the chest and increases the heart rate or gives you tension of any kind, it is time to let it go. Stop yourself and take a breath. Bring your attention to something else, something you can feel good about. Like the sun shining or a cat purring. When we release stuff, whether material items or emotional baggage, we lighten our energetic load. It’s okay to let go. It is safe to let go. It is healthy to let go. It is necessary to let go. Let the baggage of yesterday dissolve into the past, so that you can allow the goodness of this moment to surround you. This is a new year, and each day is a new day. Your fresh start is here and now. Lighten your load so you have space to flourish.



Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Wellbeing coach, Reiki healer, and Holistic Nutritionist. Find Kris online at:



Willamette Living Magazine | January / February 2022

Looking Good

Reset and Renew


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By Cheryl Lohman

TIME FOR THE ANNUAL RESET. 2022 – are we holding our breath?? What will happen this year? I don’t know…. it’s a mystery, but it’s going to happen. I love that line from the movie Shakespeare in Love. Where the goofy stage manager was always trying to convince Shakespeare on believing when the idea sounded impossible. Shakespeare would ask him “how are you going to do that?”

Some of the things that I’ll continue in the New Year for my customers: • Consultations through Zoom (in person also available) • Zoom Webinars – virtual group consultation & open house (they are really fun) • One client at a time in the studio • Extra sanitizing between clients

Will we finally get the major disruptions caused by covid behind us? Will we finally get to move around and see our friends and family without worry? Will we finally get back to our travel plans in the US and abroad? I don’t know…it’s a mystery.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that people are paying more attention to their eyes and eyebrows now that we are wearing masks. It makes sense. Without the visual clues with the mouth…the eyes give clues to the expression of the person.

What do you do to reset and renew for the new year? I take time off and put my personal and business records in order, clean out things that have been bugging me, and take a lot of naps. (it’s practice for retirement) I also treat myself to massages, facials, pedicures and manicures and visiting with friends.

With well-designed eyebrows and eyeliner, permanent makeup can show off your beautiful eyes. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to not have to apply makeup everyday? You may have experienced that during the shutdown when we all stayed home a lot more.

As I’m writing this in December, I can’t help but wonder what 2022 will bring us. I know we are not out of the woods yet regarding Covid and I’m sure there are many things that will never be the same as before. But perhaps we can continue the positive things. I’ve heard from many people that they have enjoyed the slower pace and acknowledge a deeper realization of how important their friends and family are. As a business owner, I’ve been heartened by how the community has rallied behind small local business to keep them in business. Together, we can get through anything!

To explore the possibility of permanent makeup, it is essential to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. Now more than ever it’s important to look for an artist who will keep you safe. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see photos of their work. I love that the new year allows us to reflect, reset and dream about new beginnings. What new beginnings are you creating for yourself?


Cheryl Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639


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