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Portland to Eugene & everything in-between! VALLEY ARTS FOOD TRUCKS TILLAMOOK PT. 2 Vote Now +Springtime!

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• The sun shines an average of 300 days a year.

• Wine Spectator noted the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Region as the “most underappreciated appellation in the world.”

• Lake Cunningham Skate Park is California’s largest skate park.

• Discovery Meadow park is home to the world’s largest Monopoly board.

• The San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the first museum of its kind in the U.S.

• San José has the nation’s first Vietnamese Heritage Garden and Historical Museum.

• San José houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in western North America at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

• The Tech Interactive opened the first interactive bioengineering exhibit in the U.S.

• The San José Earthquakes soccer stadium has the largest outdoor bar in North America.

• With over 160 rooms, Winchester Mystery House is one of the largest Victorian homes in the U.S.

• The largest concentration of technology expertise in the world with over 6,600 companies.

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A Lifetime of Eye Health Begins with a Simple Eye Exam

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

Benefits of an annual eye exam include:

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule an appointment with board-certified optometrist

Gregory Valle, OD at our Aumann Building in Corvallis by calling (541) 754-1271 today!

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Each bamboo culm used in the production of Greenington products is individually selected by the local farmer and harvested by hand. This preserves the ecosystem of the native bamboo forest, and leaves the bamboo root system intact, from which new bamboo shoots will emerge and grow the following year.

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But... as I write this, there is a blizzard warning in LOS ANGELES! And it's snowing in Corvallis for about the 10th time this month, so I guess the answer is "not exactly"? But we can keep working on it, right? Before life becomes one of those movies where the scientist and a small ragtag group somehow makes it to an underground survival bunker just before the entire world is covered in 50 feet of ice? It seems like that would be bad.

In other news, we're kicking off our annual "Best of the Valley" contest at Go vote for your favorite valley businesses and the winners will be announced in our July/August issue. Our local business owners really appreciate it, and the winners will get a cool door sticker to let people know how awesome they are in the eyes of the locals. And while you're at it, if you could complete our 2023 readership survey, that would be great. We haven't done a reader survey since 2019, and it's time to update! You can help shape the future of the magazine, and also let our advertisers know who they're advertising to. It helps us immensely.

Publisher's Update Scott

It's about time... this issue boasts a little piece about the Lebanon Strawberry Festival. Somehow we haven't gotten to it until now. It looks like lots of fun.

This issue also features our debut of "Faces of the Valley" -- a special advertising section featuring some of the local leaders in their industry.

Also in this issue is our first spring home improvement section featuring some of our local home pros. It IS going to be spring pretty soon. This is your chance to plan ahead.

Elaine has outdone herself again with her wrap-up of the Tillamook Coast in the aptly named "Part 2, Tillamook to Neskowin" as well as a focus on the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland and some of our valley food trucks. Mmmm...

This issue also brings us our last installent of "Friendshop Force International." This seems like a really fun and interesting program, and our last article is all about how you can get involved.

Thanks as always for reading Willamette Living, and think SUN!

I’m a passer-by from British Columbia heading to California for a 6-week break from winter. On our way out of our traveller’s hotel off the I-5 at Albany, I grabbed a copy of your magazine, a distraction for the many miles yet to go.

Within a few minutes of my leafing through the pages, to my surprise, you captured my imagination of what it might be like living in the Willamette region. So much so that I have to send you a message of congratulations. I know, it isn’t a surprise to anyone how beautiful this

place is. And, people we talked to in the service industry obviously love living here. I just wasn’t expecting your magazine to so wonderfully, confidently, and intelligently entice me to come back. I expected The Arts, Culinary Delights, Out ‘n About sections, but Good Reads from the local Library, Non-Profit Spotlight, Go Beavs: Marine Research tells me much about the what’s important to the local scene. Well done!

Kind regards,

Thanks Grace!

You made our week!

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Shows At The Venetian In Las Vegas, The Greek Theatre In Los Angeles, And The Cuthbert In Eugene!

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Warren Ham, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette – announced they will be touring this spring. It will be primarily a west coast tour, starting May 19 and concluding June 17. The 20 dates will include shows in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Utah. It will include a stop for Ringo and Co. at Eugene's Cuthbert Amphitheater on Friday, June 2nd.

“It’s a new year and here are some new tour dates,” Ringo affirmed. “I love playing with the All Starrs and can’t wait to be back out on the road again with this band. I send Peace and Love to you all and we hope to see you out there.”

If you missed the British Invasion in Washinton D.C. in 1964 with the screaming girls trying to cling to

consciousness at the mere sight of Ringo and his bandmates, then here's your chance to see him! Of course he's 82 years of age now, but man, the guy still rocks! And when he says "all star band," he's not kidding. It's not the Fab... other three unfortunately, but he's got some mega-musicians joining him for this tour.

Eugene's Cuthbert Theater is a fantastic concert venue -- there ARE no bad seats. It's a smaller venue that wraps the stage. Wherever you sit, you feel like you're watching the performers right in front of you. This is a great opportunity to see some musicians who are normally in way bigger venues where unless you drop some serious coin, you're sitting in the next zip code.

How big a deal are these guys? Read on...

GREEN LIVING IN '23 | 15 People • Arts • Trends • Books THE Lead

The All-Starr Band (Ringo's not exaggerating)

Why he's famous:

He's the original lead guitarist for the band Toto think songs Africa, and Rosanna, he has performed for other major artists as a studio musician and can be heard on over 1,500 records from varied artists from Aretha Franklin to Warren Zevon. He has been named by the Gibson Guitar Company as one of the top ten session guitarists of all time. His guitar contemporaries include(d) Eddie Van Halen and Slash -- rare air.

Edgar Winter

Why he's famous:

He and his late brother Johnny were both talented early-on. He plays keyboards, guitar, saxapone, and percussion, as well as singing. His band The Edgar Winter Group had great success with number one hits and songs you've heard on the radio a million times like Free Ride and Frankenstein.


Why he's famous:

He's known for being the lead vocalist and the sole continuous member of the band Men at Work. Think Songs Down Under and Who Can it Be Now?. Hay is also notable for his screen acting having appeared in shows like JAG and Scrubs.

Warren Ham

Why he's famous

Ham plays multiple instruments and he's toured with multiple major acts like Toto, Kansas, Donna Summer and even Olivia Newton-John -- he sang John Travolta's part with Newton-John on her no. 1 hit from Grease, You're the One I Want. Ham has toured with Ringo's band from 2105 to 2023, except for 2017 when he toured with Toto, and 2021, when nobody toured anywhere.

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Steve Lukather Hay

Hamish Stuart

Why he's famous

He was a member of the The Average White Band from 1972 to 1982. Then he went on to work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and David Sanborn. He's written songs for Smokey Robinson, George Benson, and Diana Ross. He was also a member of Paul McCartney's band, and played on several of his albums. He has toured with Ringo for years.

March 3 to 25

Music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Robert Salberg

“Shrek, which draws from William Steig’s book about a lovable ogre and the DreamWorks animated movie that it inspired, is nonetheless a triumph of comic imagination with a heart as big and warm as Santa’s. It is the most ingeniously wacky, transcendently tasteless Broadway musical since The Producers, and more family-friendly …” -USA Today


Greg Bissonette

Why he's famous Bissonette played on jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson's Live From San Francisco in 1983. His brother Matt was also in the band and on the recording. He played various other shows and venues, but his big break came when he joined former Van Halen superstar David Lee Roth. The band also included Steve Vai, and Billy Sheehan. Greg played on all three US Billboard 200 hit albums, and in the subsequent world tours. He's also played with Santana, and the Electric Light Orchestra. He started playing drums with Ringo in 2003.

April 21 to May 13

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Jo Dodge

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This is the kind theater that gives the audience “a chance to feel, empathize and contemplate the limits of a person facing unfair circumstances.”

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Art in the Mid-Valley

This is the year when our local outdoor festivals are finally coming back now that the Covid pandemic is mostly behind us. The first two will be the Spring Garden Festival, taking place on Sunday, May 7th in The Arts Center Plaza next to Central Park in Corvallis. This event offers plants and garden art for sale along with live music and fun activities for children. We can also look forward to a return of the Clothesline Arts Sale on August 5th at its new location in Central Park. The Clothesline Sale has been hosted by the Corvallis Art Guild for over 60 years and is being revamped and expanded this year. Watch for details on these events in upcoming issues.

artists and non-profits for display. During March they will feature the Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild. The guild is in its fortieth year and will showcase fine woodworking pieces created by its talented local members. If you are a beginning or seasoned woodworker and want to find out more about the guild you can go to their website at www.

on March 11th where I will be selling my wood sculptures and paintings. While you are there you can try some of the delicious food and drinks that Common Fields has to offer.

The ever-popular Howland Community Open show continues until March 17th 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 2023 show features over 200 artists showcasing painting, sculpture, fiber arts, and more.

Since they opened in Downtown Corvallis over 30 years ago, the Footwise store at Third and Madison has opened their window space to local

A newer Downtown business, Common Fields Food Truck Pod & Taproom at the corner of Third and Western is providing space for artisans to sell their wares on the second Saturday of each month this year at the Common Fields Artisan Market. Please visit me at my booth

A show titled Easy World, by artist June T Sanders, runs through March 18th in the Corrine Woodman gallery at The Arts Center. June's photographic work in Easy World is an invitation to the limits of visibility. What is imprecise about the images is also what lends them to expansion. In these cases, a photograph is neither a document nor a replication of the world. It is a reflection of desire, a transformation and an assertion. This is a very thought-provoking display of art.

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The 24th annual Youth Poetry Celebration will be on exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center from March 21st to April 15th. The Arts Center invites all young poets living in Linn and Benton Counties, grades K-12, to participate.

A poetry reading will take place on Saturday, April 15th at 4pm.The submission deadline is Saturday March 11. For more information go to


Thursday, March 23, 5:30-7 pm

Meet up with other arts enthusiasts, learn more about The Arts Center, and share your thoughts about the needs and dreams for our artistic community now and in the future. Current members are invited to enjoy classical guitar music from OSU's Corvallis Guitar Quartet accompanied by light refreshments, wine, tea and door prizes! Non-members can purchase a membership onsite and join the fun. This is part of The Arts Center’s 60th Birthday Celebration. We hope to see you there.

Artist Quote of the month:

“A creative life is an amplified life. It's a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life” -

The Arts Center Hours Noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday (at time of publication, please check website for updates)

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GREEN LIVING IN '23 | 19 TOLEDO ARTS DISTRICT MICHAELGIBBONS.NET Gallery Michael Gibbons, 140 NE Alder St. Toledo, OR 97391 Call: 541-336-2797 | eMail: 1940-2020 ”Brothers” - Oil on Canvas Painted in 2007. At Tumacacori old mission cemetery U.S. National Park Carmen, Arizona 1to2p.everythirdSundayofthemonth SundayDrawingattheGallery CynthiaHerroninApril CatsallovertheplaceinMarch Thursday-Sunday GALLERYRiver Noon-4p. 5038386171 Independence 184S.MainSt.,Independence,OR LLC ApproachingShore,PamSerraWenz THE ARTS

Art in the Valley Gallery

A two woman show will be taking place at the Art in the Valley Gallery during March called "The Rhythm of Spring" featuring one of our local favorites, Beatrice Rubenfeld and an artist new to the area, Randye Jensen. It's a celebration of spring color we're all looking forward to!

Beatrice Rubenfeld also has her own gallery, Studio Beatrice which is open by appointment at 230 NW 6th St. in Corvallis.

To contact Beatrice call her at: 541-456-4971

Pegasus Gallery is excited to share Paul's work through March, and hopes the results of his fractal explorations will leave you curious.

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Randye Jensen Randye Jensen
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SW 2nd St. in Corvallis
Beatrice Rubenfeld
PAUL GRIFFITTS: Explorations in fractal and digital imagery. Beatrice Rubenfeld

Pegasus Gallery 312 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis 541-908-5853

River Gallery in Independence Just Cats

March 2nd, 2023 - March 26th, 2023

Coming in March, a celebration of the cat. Revered, reviled, worshipped, pampered, companion, they remain more of a mystery than their rival, the dog. The inspiration for this show came from our Youtube videographer, who said he would someday love to see a show dedicated to cats, who he believes don't get their due alongside dogs.

So, just cats!

River Gallery 184 Main St. Independence, OR 503-838-6171

GREEN LIVING IN '23 | 21 230 NW 6th Street, Corvallis Original
Art by Appointment Contact Beatrice to schedule. 541-456-4971 THE ARTS
work by Beatrice Rubenfeld
"My process varies depending on which phase of my work you're talking about. My latest works, i.e. the portraits and jazz pieces, are the most complicated."
Lillian and Sammy PAUL GRIFFITTS:


For information about these events and more visit

Deepwood Plant Sale

March 17 @ 9:00 AM - March 18 @ 3:00 PM


Shop for hard-to-find native and companion plants, yard decor, pottery, and more! This is a great chance to see the beautiful Erythronium (Fawn Lilies) throughout the trails! A portion of all proceeds benefit Deepwood’s preservation and programs. This event is made possible through City of Salem TOT funding.

Deepwood Museum & Gardens

1116 Mission Street SE Salem, OR 97302


Sitar Master Arjun K. Verma

March 22 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM $5 – $25

Arjun’s music has received critical acclaim from leading publications, including the New York Times, Times of India, Sruti Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to performing, Arjun teaches sitar and North Indian Classical Music at the Ali Akbar College of Music and the East-West School of Music.

Willamette University, Hudson Hall

900 State Street Salem, OR 97308 503-927-1567

Deepwood Easter Egg Hunt

April 8 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM $3

A family favorite for many in the area is Deepwood’s Easter Egg Hunt! Bring the children and their baskets out for fun with egg hunts according to age group. This event is designed for toddlers through age 10. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the event, pre-registration is required. All proceeds support Deepwood’s community programs and preservation of the home.

Deepwood Museum & Gardens 1116 Mission Street SE Salem, OR 97302 503-363-1825

Seed, Plant and Clone Exchange

March 21 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM FREE

Bring seeds, starts, houseplants, tubers – any plants or seeds you’d like to share with the community. We always hope to have more Cannabis Clones, so if you have them to share, please bring them.

Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research

2300 Ferry St SW, Ste 1, Albany, OR 97322

Home Life’s Sprout Film Festival

March 25 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get your tickets to this year’s showcasing of unique short films, curated by people with disabilities from around the nation! Funds raised from this event go towards supporting Home Life’s mission of helping people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enjoy active, productive, and empowered lives.

The Majestic Theatre

115 SW 2nd St. Corvallis, OR 97333  541-738-7469

63rd Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Pancake Party!

April 22 @ 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM $6 – $10

This is our biggest annual fundraiser to help support children and families in the Corvallis community. We will provide pancakes, sausages, coffee, milk and juice. We will have a raffle, and music too!

Corvallis Community Center 2601 NW Tyler St Corvallis, OR 97330 541-766-6959

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Aging? No thank you.

Like it or not, the aging process catches up with most of us eventually. We start to lose the collagen and elastin that give our skin that youthful bounce and glow, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to develop. Precision Medical Aesthetics, in Lebanon, offers a unique dermal filler called Sculptra that can soften lines and wrinkles and restore the contours on the face.

Sculptra stimulates collagen production, which helps the skin naturally renew itself. Results develop gradually, look completely natural, and last much longer than most other injectables.

5 Reasons to Consider Sculptra

From its ability to comprehensively rejuvenate the face to its low-maintenance treatment schedule, here’s why this filler is so popular:

1. A Comprehensive Rejuvenation

By spurring collagen production, this dermal filler works to repair the underlying scaffolding of the face, which offers a host of cosmetic benefits. Once this dermal filler has done its work, the added fullness in the face eases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.

2. Natural Results

Collagen development can take some time, so it may be several months before the improvements in the face fully take hold. But the gradual onset of results gives patients results that look more natural and less over-filled. You’ll never look like suddenly went and "had work done."

3. Long-Lasting Improvement

Because this filler essentially rebuilds the underlying infrastructure of the face by generating collagen, it offers results that last much longer than most other injectables. Patients usually enjoy their results for two years or more.

4. A Low-Maintenance Option

Many patients schedule these appointments during their lunch hour. Once you’ve completed the initial series of injections, you’ll be good to go for two years, you won’t have to give this filler another thought.

5. Allergies Are Not a Concern

This dermal filler poses no risk of an allergic reaction and does not require allergy testing, because Poly-L-Lactic Acid is synthetic. Once it’s done the job of jump-starting collagen development, the Poly-L-Lactic Acid naturally fades from the body.

What Should I Do After My Injection?

You’ll be able to get right back to your regular schedule after your appointment with only a few recommendations for the first few days after treatment. Patients should massage the injection site for five minutes, five different times a day.

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Not only do chickens provide a source of fresh eggs, but they also serve as natural pest control and can add a touch of whimsy to your garden.

Before you start building your coop and buying chicks, it's important to check with your city or town's ordinances to ensure that keeping chickens is allowed in your area. Some cities may have restrictions on the number of chickens you can keep, or require that your coop be a certain distance from your neighbors.

Once you've determined that keeping chickens is allowed in your area, it's time to start planning your coop. A coop should provide your chickens with a secure, dry place to sleep and lay eggs, as well as access to the outdoors. It should be well-ventilated, but also protect against predators such as raccoons and stray dogs. When designing your coop, consider the size of your flock and the space you have available. A general rule of thumb is to provide at least 4 square feet of coop space per chicken.

In addition to a coop, your chickens will need a run – a fenced-in area where they can roam and forage

during the day. This can be attached to the coop or be a separate structure. The size of the run will depend on the size of your flock and the amount of space you have available. A good rule of thumb is to provide at least 10-20 square feet of run space per chicken.

When it comes to choosing the right breeds for your backyard flock, consider the climate you live in and your personal preferences. Some breeds, such as Australorps and Sussex, are known for their hardiness and ability to withstand cold weather. Others, such as Leghorns and White Rock, are known for their prolific egg-laying abilities. There are also many "heritage" breeds that are prized for their unique characteristics and are becoming more popular as backyard chickens.

Once you've chosen your breeds and built your coop and run, it's time to order your chicks. Chicks can be purchased from a hatchery or a local farm supply store, and it's best to order them in the spring when they are readily available. When you receive your chicks, they will need to be kept in a warm, draft-free area with a heat lamp to provide the necessary warmth. They will also need access to food and water. As they grow, you can gradually decrease the temperature and introduce them to the outdoors.

As your chickens mature, they will need a diet of commercial feed, as well as access to fresh water at all times. In addition to feed, chickens love to forage and will happily eat insects, weeds, and kitchen scraps such as vegetable peels and fruit scraps. Supplementing their diet with foraged items can save money on feed costs and help keep your backyard clean.

Chickens also require regular healthcare to keep them healthy and productive. This includes regular deworming and monitoring for any signs of illness, such as sneezing, coughing, or lethargy. It's also important to keep their coop and run clean, as dirty living conditions can lead to illness and reduce egg production.

One of the joys of keeping backyard chickens is collecting and eating your own fresh eggs. Chickens will typically start laying eggs at around 4-6 months of age, and will continue laying throughout their lives (as long as they are well cared for). Egg production may decrease in the winter months due to shorter daylight hours, but a good quality light source can help extend the laying season.

For chicks and chicken advice locally, visit a Wilco store. They're everywhere!



LOCATED IN NORTH PORTLAND ON A PENINSULA BETWEEN THE WILLAMETTE AND COLUMBIA RIVERS, ST. JOHNS (NO APOSTROPHE) WAS PLATTED IN THE EARLY 1850’S, CHARTERED AS A CITY IN 1902, AND INCORPORATED INTO THE CITY OF PORTLAND IN 1915. The St. Johns Bridge, which resembles a Gothic cathedral, opened in 1931 and connects the neighborhood with US Highway 30 making for a quick commute to downtown. St. Johns is walkable, and the residents are friendly and proud of their community.

Must Do


7410 N Chicago Ave

Wonderwood is a newly-opened, immersive art exhibition by artist Mike Bennett. His plans are to run new installations twice a year. Admission rates are a suggested $8. Next door is a bright and popular coffee shop, Wonderwood Springs, featuring breakfast sandwiches and specialty beverages with house-made syrups and sauces.

Pier Park

10325 N Lombard Street

This 85-acre city park has a full compliment of recreation facilities: disc golf course, skate park, outdoor swimming pool, and picnic areas. The park features forested areas with stands of giant sequoia, western red cedar, and Douglas fir. Fans of the television show, “Grim” which ran from 2011 to 2017, will recognize Pier Park as it was regularly used as a filming location.

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St. Johns Bridge Over the Willamette River Sequoias in Pier Park Outiside the Wonderwood Art Exhibition Space

Must Eat Must Shop

Two Strokes Coffee

8517 N Lombard Street

Two Stroke is a neighborhood favorite coffee shop/hangout. Besides great coffee, they have a friendly staff and is in a middleof-the-action location! Motorcycle aficionados will enjoy the bike collection on display and the themed merch.

Two Rivers Bookstore & Weird Sisters

Yarn Shop 8836 N Lombard Street

These two shops share space and we found a fantastic variety of yarns and notions on one side, books and locally-sourced gifts on the other. This is a community gathering spot for book groups, author talks, knitting groups, and classes. They stock goods by local craftspeople including reclaimed cast iron cookware from Dept. of Work. They also have an online store but the shops are worth an in-person visit.

Homegrown Smoker

8638 N Lombard Street

Homegrown Smoker is a barbeque restaurant with a twist…despite descriptions like BBQ Bakun Burger and Mac Daddy Chick'n Sando, their entire menu is 100% vegan. They offer indoor and outdoor seating and we give their Philthy Nocheesesteak Sandwich two, "cheese"-covered thumbs up!

John Street Cafe

8338 N Lombard Street

Local families flock to the John Street Café for their brunch staples and extensive selection of daily specials. Since 1997, their central location and outdoor patio have added to their appeal. We appreciated the helpful staff and our hangar steak breakfast was fabulous.

RoM Shoes

8621 N Lombard Street

If wanderlust is in your blood, RoM Shoes (pronounced ‘roam’) is the perfect shop for all of your traveling gear. They specialize in sustainable, ethically-sourced travel apparel, knapsacks, hiking boots, and accessories for men and women. Whether your next trip is nearby or far away, RoM’s expert staff can assist you.

Huk Labs Disc Golf Pro Shop

8402 N Lombard Street

Disc golf is for folks of all ages and genders. At Huk Labs, beginners as well as experienced golfers will find all the equipment needed to play this popular sport. In the neighborhood for 20 years, this locally-owned business even has their own line of discs (Trifly) and an on-line store. It a muststop for players who come to St. Johns to play Pier Park’s wellregarded course!

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Local Gifts at Two Rivers Bookstore (left) and colorful yarn at Weird Sisters Yarn Shop (right) RoM Shoes Merchandise Fun Decor at Two Strokes Coffee Philthy Nocheesesteak Sandwich John Street Cafe Hanger Steak Breakfast Discs at Huk Labs

Let there be light! A suggestion from Riverside Window and Door

As the days get longer our thoughts often turn to the ways we can improve our homes that we have been dreaming of all winter. Maybe there is a work area that would be improved with the addition of natural light, like this kitchen prep area. You can capture all that light with additional windows, a full lite French door, or skylights and sun tunnels.

Originally a single window was over the sink, and the door was only a half lite. Two windows and a full lite door were added to flood this kitchen with natural light.

Energy efficient windows and doors are an excellent way to save on heating and cooling costs, as well as adding to the value and beauty of your home.

Let Riverside Window & Door Inc bring your dreams to Light!

Reach Riverside at: 541-752-1070

Kris Denning, Reiki Master

Kris has been a contributor to Willamette Living for years. Her regular column is on page 72. She asked if we'd help her spread the word about her Reiki practice. Of course we will!

From Kris: "Did you know that many illnesses are a result of stuck energy in the body? Reiki is a form of energy healing that can help to bring us into balance - mind, body, and soul.

Whether you are seeking to move grief or trauma from your body, accelerate physical and emotional healing, or just looking to make a deeper connection to your soul self, Reiki may be exactly what you need. This gentle but highly effective form of healing is complementary to, and does not interfere with any conventional healing methods you may already be utilizing. Make an appointment with me today to balance your energetic body, and immerse yourself in deep relaxation."

Reach Kris via her website at:

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Digging For Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez And The Library He Built

An uplifting picture book tribute based on the life of José Alberto

Gutiérrez describes how he began picking up discarded books along his route as a trash collector before creating a library for the people of his community in Bogotá, Colombia.

(Children's Picture Boook)

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Emerging from a lifethreatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.


The IT Girl

After John Neville, the man convicted of killing her best friend April 10 years earlier, dies in prison, expectant mother Hannah Jones, after new evidence surfaces proving his innocence, reconnects with old friends to solve the mystery of Aprils death and realizes they all have something to hideincluding a murder.


Rooted: Life At The Crossroads Of Science, Nature, And Spirit

Haupt's highly personal new book is an invitation to live with the earth in both simple and profound ways. She invokes rootedness as a way of being in sync with the wilderness--and wildness--that sustains not only humans but all life.



The lives of nine total strangers from nine different countries-including a terrorist in Okinawa, a British financier in Hong Kong, a female physicist in Ireland, and a radio DJ in New York--become intertwined in a strange series of circumstances.


The Dinos On the Bus

Set to the classic song Wheels on the Bus, a group of happy dinosaurs have a roaring good time on their very first bus ride.

(Children’s Picture Book)



The Lucky Lotus, the filthy dirty life of an adopted East Indian girl in an alabaster world was written over a period of three decades by Pushpa Devi. The book is a raw and gritty reflection of what it is like to experience deep trauma but find the beauty in it all. Just like the lotus that blooms from the mire and becomes a beautiful flower so does Devi. Her modality of healing starts in a hot yoga studio with postures that take her back through memories that surface and awaken her to the goodness in each experience.

About the Author: Devi was born in India and adopted at the age of six. She grew up in the Soap Creek Valley outside of Corvallis, Oregon in the 1970’s with a Caucasian family. Corvallis was not a mecca of diversity at this time and was challenging for a child from Calcutta. Race was one issue along with sexual abuse, physical abuse, and adapting to cultural changes. She received her citizenship in the Benton County Courthouse. Devi graduated from Crescent Valley High School and Oregon State University. She now lives in Florida where she works as a real estate professional and also has a company that designs the energy flow of a home or business.

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The Oregon Trail, the route of the pioneers during the largest mass migration in United States history, was a long and difficult journey made by Americans nearly two centuries ago. This guidebook, rich with photos, interviews, and information about the famous landmarks, facilities, individuals, activities, and towns along the trail, will please both adventurers planning to travel the trail and individuals who wish to learn about and follow the trail from an easy chair. Complete with maps and details of each state from Missouri to Oregon, Exploring the Oregon Trail will give readers everything needed to follow in the footsteps of the American pioneers.

About the Authors: Kay W. Scott and David L. Scott have spent twenty-eight summers touring the United States and Canada in a series of Volkswagen campers, and two summers backpacking through Europe by rail. They live in Valdosta, Georgia, where David is a professor of finance at Valdosta State University and Kay is retired from the public schools.


The Lebanon Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival is a deeply rooted tradition for so many Lebanon families--dating back for generations. The Lebanon Strawberry Festival is the second oldest festival in Oregon, second only to Portland’s famed Rose Festival. The Lebanon Strawberry Festival is documented by the state of Oregon as an Oregon Heritage tradition for its long history in Lebanon dating back to 1909!

The festival is held during the first full weekend in June at Cheadle Lake Park, and it hosts approximately 30,000-40,000 visitors throughout the weekend. Attendees enjoy main stage entertainment, 2 Parades (the Grand parade is one of the largest in Oregon featuring 130+ floats and is 2.5 miles long), a 5k Run and Walk, The world’s largest strawberry shortcake -- served for free on Saturday -- until it is gone, a carnival, vendors, and All Heroes Day to honor military veterans and first responders. There are two courts, one that is five senior high school girls, and a junior court made up of second grade girls representing all of the elementary schools in Lebanon. The queen’s coronation takes place on Thursday evening. For more information about the courts visit:

Additional events include The Tour of Strawberries, where local business and homes are decorated in-keeping with the theme for the year (the 2023 theme is Peace, Love & Strawberries) as well as family fun activities at the festival, fireworks on Saturday night and of course, mascots.

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival is made possible entirely by volunteers. There is not a single paid staff member, and there are over 150 volunteers. Every person on the board, or at the grounds during the festival is a volunteer including the trained, Oregon State certified security team. The Operations Board of Directors is made up of 36 dedicated individuals who invest over 4800 volunteer hours each year from September until June.

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival Senior Court spends a great deal of time from January until June going to all the schools, nursing homes and youth organizations, and meeting with members of the community. They also visit some of the sponsors and do community activities.

As of this writing, a few of the events are yet to be determined. For current information as the festival gets closer, visit

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Schedule of Events


Gates open 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Veteran's Presentation: 5:00pm

Coronation: 5:30pm


Junior Parade: 2:30pm downtown

Gates open: 3:00pm - midnight


Run/Walk: 9:00am starting at American Legion.

Grand Parade: 11:00am - starts at The American Legion and ends at Market St.

Gates open 1:00pm - Midnight

Fireworks: 10:30pm


Transform Lebanon Church Service: 10:30am

Gates open 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Lebanon Optimist Club's Pancake

Breakfast: start your Saturday off right with a pancake breakfast at Linn Lanes' parking lot! The Optimist club starts serving up pancakes, eggs, and ham bright and early before the Grand Parade starts. For more info, check in with the Optimist Club at their website:

Lebanon Garden Club's Flower Show

Featuring Art and Quilts: held Friday and Saturday of the Strawberry Festival, the Flower Show is another great event taking place downtown. Santiam Place Event Hall after the parades and take a look!

Napa Strawberry Cup at Willamette Speedway: If you've never been to a race on the dirt track of Willamette Speedway, the Napa Strawberry Cup is a great race to check out! Held Saturday night during Strawberry Festival, it's a great way to finish off the day and is fun for the whole family! Find out more at:

Strawberry Century Bike Ride: Brought to you by the Santiam Spokes Bicycle Club, the Strawberry Century is held the Saturday after Festival, and is an over quarter-century long tradition now. With rides from 13 miles clear up to 100 miles, there are route options for every skill level. Register or find out more information at:

Lebanon Square Circlers Dances: The Square Circlers are a square dancing club in Lebanon, and are always one of the noteworthy entries in the Grand Parade! They also host dances during Strawberry Festival weekend for the public to enjoy. Find out what they have in store for the year at their website:

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Friendship Force

Travel The World With Friends


If you have an interest in travel and interacting and living, for a short period of time, with new found friends from around our nation and world, then Friendship Force may be for you. This is the last of five articles. It tells you how to become involved if you have an interest in Friendship Force.

There are three Friendship Force clubs in Oregon. We will tell you about the Mid-Willamette Valley club in this article. Information about the others – Columbia/Cascade and Southern Oregon - can be found at FF of the MidWillamette Valley, like most clubs across the US, is comprised mostly of retired people. However, people who are working but have flexibility in use of vacation time should find involvement in FF possible. Our club meets once a month as a whole group or for smaller group activities. There are abiding friendships among those in the group as well as with colleagues around the world. Journey reports as well as journey and other activities planning is the focus of monthly meetings.


It is based in more than 45 countries and on 6 continents, with 15,000 active members and over 300 journeys taking place each year. Through these exciting personal encounters, strangers become friends. FFI members know that by experiencing different views, you can discover common ground with other people. FFI programs bring diverse people together into each other’s cultures and homes to share one-of-a-kind experiences not available to regular tourists. More information about FFI can be found at:

FFI was founded by Presbyterian minister Wayne Smith and then-governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter in 1973. It was formed after an exchange program with Pernambuco, Brazil in which the Brazilians stayed in the Georgia Governor's Mansion. FFI was unveiled on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter and Smith at a White House gathering of state governors. First Lady Rosalynn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002. On July 4, 1977, the first “journey” took place. It involved 762 members who did a reciprocal exchange between Atlanta and Newcastle Upon Tyne in England.

As a FF member, you can participate in outbound domestic or international journeys. You have access to the journeys promoted by our local club or can participate in those promoted by other clubs across the nation, if space is available. It is not uncommon to have FF members from elsewhere in the nation participate in our local journeys. Participation involves meeting together to develop travel plans, completing required paperwork, and agreeing to be a good representative of FF wherever you go. You will need to buy airline tickets and pay the fees set by the club that will host you on your journey.

As a local club member, when we are hosting other groups, you can participate in several ways. You can open your home and host incoming travelers. You can drive guests to the various activities involved in their journey. You can serve as the host for a small group dinner. We have club members who are no longer able to travel themselves but are active in hosting others. People who are working and have children and cannot easily participate in outbound journeys could serve as home hosts or small group dinner hosts and enjoy the benefits, for themselves and their children, of engaging interactions with people from other parts of the US and world.

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FFOMWV club members Chris Duval and Jonathan Schachter (center) were named “most helpful” participants on a May 2022 trip to Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico Small group dinner held as part of 2021 holiday celebrations – COVID safety protocols are in use


Involvement with FF will change your perspectives on our world. Through participation, you repeatedly affirm that people around the world are good and kind and have the same basic needs and desires as we. The saying “my house is your house” is literally true in Friendship Force. Club members have routinely made friends whom they keep for the rest of their lives.

To find out more about our local club go to or send an email to and you’ll be connected with a club member to learn more. A world of friends is a world of peace, something we need today more than ever.

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Faces Valley of the

Our inaugural "Faces of the Valley" features local businesses that are helmed by some of the people who come to mind when locals think of the leaders in their fields. All seasoned pros, when you need a local expert, think of the "Faces of the Valley." Throughout the year refer to our listing on the web at:



Combining facial artistry and advanced aesthetics techniques, Maxwell Aesthetics offers many non-invasive skin therapies and restorative treatments to help people feel like the best versions of themselves. As an artist with a lifelong appreciation for cosmetology, Laura Maxwell is a Registered Nurse with over seven years of critical care experience.

Her core philosophy focuses on the art and science of beauty. With a strong commitment to continuing education and safety, mastering the current aesthetic techniques is the foundation of Maxwell Aesthetics business model. Conservative in her injecting approach, Laura strives to deliver natural-looking, beautiful results for her clients. She has trained alongside some of the top injectors in the industry and is committed to assisting all individuals look and feel their personal best.


As a COUNTRY Financial® Insurance Agent, I'm prepared to help you with insurance options to protect what and who you love.

Connect with Travis who will:

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As you work through life, you may find you need to protect what you value most. Whether that's your home or car or the loved ones in your life, I'd like to help you, just like I help all my clients in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.
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At Honeycomb Salon, we strive to create an uplifting, positive, and sustainable salon experience for all of our guests. Our salon and spa offers a wide range of services from custom hair cuts, dimensional hair color, hair extensions, facials, body waxing, lashes, massage, breathwork, reiki, and more while recycling and repurposing 95% of the waste created. At Honeycomb Salon, you are treated to an entire experience rather than just a service. Our salon is adorned with fresh flowers, books, an exorbitant amount of plants, and complimentary mimosas, among lively boutique and beauty items to browse. Our mission is for you to leave your salon or spa visit feeling lighter, confident, and cared for.


At Love Yoga, we’ve created the ideal space just for YOU!

For those of you who live an active and vibrant lifestyle and are seeking to elevate your experience with Yoga. We’ve created the ultimate yoga experience blending fitness & flexibility with the freedom to relax or challenge yourself accordingly. You will feel stronger, calmer and energetically recharged . . . all in one practical and soulful session.

Whether you're a passionate gardener, avid reader, wine sipping dog lover, shopaholic, hiker, or foodie, we got you. Because we get you. And we know exactly how to create the kind of flow and relaxation that recharges your soul and fuels your passions.

At any level, from beginners to those with more experience, we have something for everyone, both In our North Albany studio and online!

Our classes are a fusion of yoga, strength, relaxation, humor and good vibes. Every class and instructor has their own unique style.

Here’s your chance to infuse your regularly scheduled programming with a little moving, breathing, and unwinding. Because let's face it, who needs a vacation when you can simply practice yoga, pet your dog and drink tea, or... wine?

Honeycomb Salon is proud to have been the Willamette Valley's first Sustainable Salon. Foils, chemical waste, paper and plastic, EVEN HAIR that was once destined to our landfills and water ways are recycled in an Earth conscious manner at Honeycomb Salon. We believe that sustainability is a responsibility, not a luxury. Even the smallest amounts of hair cut off can be used to create mats that absorb oil spills in our oceans! As a guest at Honeycomb, you are part of reducing waste created in the salon industry.

We believe a visit to the salon should be relaxing and nurturing, no stress, which is why we offer personalized experiences such as Silent Appointments and a Pay Later Feature. Our guests are able to easily request a Silent Appointment through our online booking platform when they want to enjoy some quiet time. Their service providers will still consult about their preferences and needs for their service, but beyond that they’ll let you enjoy some silence. No small talk. Sometimes a few minutes, or hours, of quiet time is needed. You never need to feel obligated to hold a conversation when peace and quiet is what you really need. Our Pay Later Feature allows our guests to receive salon services or shop our beauty and boutique products while making manageable payments over a six week period.

If you're looking for an easygoing yet elevated, friendly and welcoming, expert yet undemanding salon experience, we invite you to visit us at Honeycomb Salon in Downtown Corvallis. Our online booking is available 24/7 or you can call (541) 752-0848 to speak with one of our front desk coordinators.

Honeycomb Salon

215 NW Jackson Ave

Corvallis, OR 97330


Love Yoga 630 NW Hickory St. Albany, OR 97321
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Wonder Dogs prides itself on having extremely experienced and certified instructors, who are current on the latest research regarding canine development, behavior modification, and the most up-to-date training techniques. By always participating in continuing education, they make the classroom setting successful, informative and enjoyable!

Flexible scheduling offered in a wide variety of group classes and private instruction will help you reach your goals faster and more efficiently. We train in-home, on-location and at our 12,000 square-foot dedicated facility, the largest in Willamette Valley!

Our training program is based on the humane and scientifically-proven positive reinforcement method. This means we use food, play, clickers, and life rewards to create polite canine family members. We like to say that being positive isn’t permissive; you can create boundaries and good manners without side-effect-causing punishment.


I have a short list of the things that are important to me. Nature and family. Friends and work. This community. Is that what is important to you, too? My goal is for my clients to have more time for these important pieces of their lives. I use the full resources of Edward Jones to connect my clients with financial strategies that focus on what is best for their portfolio.

My work is one small, but vital, part of the breadth of my clients' lives. The world can feel like it's getting more complicated. I make investing and financial strategy a simpler piece of the puzzle.

Folks work with me because they want a trusted partner in their financial future. I guide my clients to identify and get on track for their goals. I help my clients protect against risks and take advantage of opportunities. When those big life shifts happen, my office is here for you.

I have built my life in the Willamette Valley since 2008 and it is my pleasure to use my knowledge and resources to help you build yours.

Mica Habarad

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Financial Advisor

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Words & Photos: Elaine Rea



Part Two: Tillamook to Neskowin

TILLAMOOK COUNTY BOASTS 75 MILES OF COASTLINE WITH EXPANSIVE, SANDY BEACHES, QUIET BAYS, AND RUGGED OUTCROPPINGS. Wet winters keep the region lush and the mild temperatures ensure year-round, outdoor possibilities. The Three Capes Scenic Loop, a 40-mile jaunt along the water, reveals some of the most majestic natural landscapes that the Oregon coast has to offer. The road is easy to follow, with ample signage that leads travelers west from the City of Tillamook.

In this issue we cover Tillamook to Neskowin. Part One of our Tillamook Coast article ran in the January/February issue and covered Manzanita to Bay City.


Tillamook Air Museum

6030 Hangar Road, Tillamook

The Tillamook Air Museum is housed in a former blimp hangar, originally built by the U.S. Navy in 1943. The hangar is over 15 stories high and covers an area of 7 acres. There is a gift shop and a collection of vintage military and civilian aircraft, vehicles and mementos. The on-site café is operated by Fat Head BBQ.

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Cape Meares State Park is open yearround for day use and its cliffside location provides a terrific vantage point for whale watching and views of the Three Capes to the south. The park’s trails wind through old-growth Sitka spruce and the rocky cliffs are seasonal nesting habitat to many varieties of seabirds. No longer in use and at 38 feet high, the shortest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, the Cape Meares Lighthouse is accessible from the parking area by a paved, moderately-sloped walkway.

Jacobson Salt Co.

9820 Whiskey Creek Road, Netarts

Open in 2011, Jacobsen Salt Co. harvests salt water from Netarts Bay and processes it on site. They specialize in flake finishing and kosher salt products. Their gift shop carries their full line of natural and flavorinfused salts as well as honey and salted caramels. Items are sold individually or in special bundles, making it the perfect stop for take-home gifts.


Lookout State

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Located south of Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout State Park offers full-service camping with cabins and yurts, RV and tent sites are available by reservation. The park is in the middle of a wildlife refuge and has 8 miles of improved hiking trails open to both day-use and overnight visitors. The website has a link to a trail map and highlights the flora of the area.

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It is a short walk over the dunes from the day-use parking area to a wide-open stretch of beach just south of Pacific City. Bob Straub State Park, named for Oregon’s 31st governor, is on the Nestucca Spit and has trails for hiking and horseback riding.

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Jacobson Salt Co. Cape Lookout State Park Perfect Day at Bob Straub State Park Three Capes Scenic Loop Vintage Guppy airplane Cape Meares Lighthouose

Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa

33000 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City

In Pacific City just north of the dory fleet boat launch, Headlands Coastal Lodge and Spa is an ocean-front property offering lodging, fine dining, and spa services. A Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings is available at their restaurant, Meridian. Tidepools is their spa and wellness center. The hotel staff are happy to arrange adventure excursions like kayaking, hiking, clamming, or crabbing. And your fresh catch can be brought back and boiled up for dinner.


1911 2nd Street, Tillamook

While this cute little bakery serves up some big cinnamon rolls, they attract a crowd at lunchtime too with homemade soups and scones. Recent soup offerings include Cheesy Chicken Tortilla and Pot Roast with Vegetables. Savory scones like Garlic Herb Cream Cheese and sweet scones like Marionberry are also on the menu.

Meatloaf dinner at Dutch Mill Cafe

Dutch Mill Cafe

206 Main Avenue, Tillamook

The Dutch Mill Café décor is a nod to the 1950’s with a classic café menu to match. House specialties include Hot Beef Sandwich, Meatloaf, and Chicken Fried Steak all served with mashed potatoes and mixed veg. They also serve handpressed burgers and milkshakes. Be sure to visit the back room filled with vintage coin-op rides for the kiddos and take in the collection of Coca Cola signs and antique gas pumps.

Neskowin Nest Loft

48880 Highway 101 S, Neskowin

Located above Neskowin Trading Company and remodeled in 2021, Nest Loft is a two-bedroom/2-bath nightlyrental apartment. It boasts a cook’s kitchen and can be stocked with groceries by the market staff in time for your arrival. It is a short, flat walk to the beach, Proposal Rock, or the quiet streets of Neskowin.

Recess Food Truck

1910 Main Avenue N, Tillamook

You cannot miss this bright turquoise food truck parked north of Tillamook’s downtown. Their slogan, “Where Food is our Playground” matches their menu item names: Kick The Can Cobb Salad and Red Rover BBQ Wrap, for example. Their signature beverage, Head’s Up Citrus Shake-up has fresh-squeezed lemon, lime, and orange juices served over ice. The staff is friendly, the portions are generous, and there is plenty of outdoor seating in the adjoining picnic area.

Pacific Restaurant

205 Main Avenue, Tillamook

Pacific Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. In addition to serving locally-harvested seafood, 90% of the vegetables served are grown nearby. This community-oriented restaurant often hosts non-profit events and has a full bar including local wines and beers.

Lobby Fireplace at Headlands Lodge
Living space at the Nest Loft
Fresh Cinnamon Rolls at SaraSotas Wine at Pacific Restaurant Kick the Can Cobb Salad at Recess FT

The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

2065 Boat Basin Road, Netarts

This Oregon Coast standout sits besides Netarts Bay with a water-view outdoor deck and fresh, local oysters on the menu! Besides great seafood selections, they have burgers, salads, pizzas, and a kid’s menu. On Saturday nights the restaurant is a live-music venue with bar specials and no cover charge.


Pelican Brewing Company

33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City

Just south of Cape Kiwanda, Pelican Brewing Company sits on the beach with views of Haystack Rock and the dory fleet. At home in Pacific City since 1996, this always busy brewpub’s signature items: Clam Chowder, Beer Sausage Flatbread, and Fish & Chips, top a well-rounded, family-friendly menu. The drinks menu features Pelican Brewing’s award-winning beers which are also available to go.

West Elliott Boutique

209 Main Avenue, Tillamook php?id=100057086965032

This family-owned shop on Main in Tillamook sells on-trend women’s apparel, jewelry, and accessories. They also have a selection of baby clothes and gift items such as candles, bath bombs, essential oils, and home décor.


Neskowin Trading Company

48880 Highway 101 S, Neskowin

Located in the Village of Neskowin, this site has housed a market since 1901. Besides groceries, Neskowin Trading Company has a fresh deli and a wellstocked wine department. They sell “grab ‘n go” meals for residents and overnight visitors. It is a great place to stop for picnic provisions and beach supplies, or a sweatshirt if the weather is chilly!

Salty Raven

109 Main Avenue, Tillamook

Tillamook Creamery

4165 Highway 101 N, Tillamook

A long-time Oregon Coast destination, the “House that Cheddar Built” gives visitors the chance to watch cheese being made, shop for cheese and related products, and last but not least, eat ice cream. We recommend the Ice Cream Flight – 3 delicious scoops of your choice from their most popular flavors. Pose for a photo in their mini VW van, painted to resemble a brick of Tillamook cheddar!

Featuring t-shirts, hats, and utilitarian merch, this shop is full of “seriously cool goods” with nature-themed artwork by owner, Seasons Kaz Sparks. Sizes run from infant to 4X. Salty Raven has an online store and second retail location in Cannon Beach. In addition to designing apparel, Seasons is a children’s author/ illustrator and her books about a seagull named “Gerry” are sold here.

Blue Heron French Cheese Company

2001 Blue Heron Drive, Tillamook

Opened in 1979, Brie cheese is the specialty at this family-owned creamery. The tasting room has local wines, cheese sampling, and a deli. There is a petting zoo and candy shop (with an amazing selection of old-school treats) for the kids. Share and enjoy a charcuterie board in their outdoor eating area.

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New Wave Cars

ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS AS PEOPLE LOOK FOR MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND FUEL-EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. These vehicles are powered by electricity, either through a battery (all electric) that needs to be charged or by a combination of a traditional gasoline engine and an electric motor (hybrid or plug-in hybrid).

One of the main benefits of electric and hybrid vehicles is that they produce less emissions, making them a much cleaner alternative to traditional gasoline-power. This not only helps to reduce air pollution, but it also helps to combat climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere.

Electric vehicles are powered by lithium batteries combined with regenerative braking systems and do not have a traditional gasoline engine. They can be charged by a traditional home 110V electric outlet to a 240V charging station for a faster charge. The distance that they can travel on that charge can vary widely depending on design characteristics of the battery as well as the make and model. Some electric vehicles can travel over 300 miles on a single charge, while others may have a range of only 100 miles or less.

One of the main challenges with electric vehicles is the limited range that they can travel on a single charge. This can be a concern for people who frequently drive long distances or who do not have access to charging stations. However, as the

technology continues to improve and the infrastructure for charging electric cars expands, these concerns are becoming less of an issue.

Plug-in Hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius Prime, have both a traditional gasoline engine and an electric motor with regenerative braking. Depending on the battery charge level plug-in hybrids can be powered by either the electric battery or both the gas engine and battery combined.

When the car is in electric mode, it is powered solely by the electric battery, which reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency. Electric mode with plug-in hybrids is best for short commutes of 25 miles or less and where charging is available. When the battery charge is low and charging is not an option the gasoline engine kicks in to provide additional power. The beauty of a plug-in hybrid is you can take advantage of the growing electric infrastructure while still having the flexibility of using our current one. Fully charged, the Prius Prime plug-in has a range of up to 640 miles electric and gas combined.

Another concern with electric and hybrid vehicles is the upfront cost. They tend to be more expensive than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, although the higher purchase price is often offset by lower operating costs such as fuel and maintenance expenses. In addition, many governments offer financial incentives, such as tax credits or rebates, to encourage people to buy electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Meanwhile, traditional gas-electric hybrid vehicle technology has been available since 2001 like in the ever-so-faithful Prius. All the vehicle brands have purchased the rights or duplicated hybrid technology to use in their own vehicles resulting in millions of hybrid vehicles on the road today. Now more affordable than ever, consumers from all walks of life are experiencing first hand the utility, low cost of maintenance and fuel savings of hybrid technology.

Despite the challenges and considering the benefits, electric, plug-in hybrid, and traditional hybrid vehicles are already becoming an increasingly popular transportation option for people who want to reduce their environmental impact and save money on fuel costs. As the technology continues to improve and the infrastructure for charging electric cars expands, it is likely that we will see even more of these vehicles on the road in the future.

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TUG IS A PHENOMENAL GAME WITH LOADS OF APPLICATIONS WHEN DONE PROPERLY! IT TEACHES DOGS TO CONTROL THEIR MOUTHING, BITING AND JUMPING WHEN THEY’RE EXCITED. Tug games combined with obedience teaches emotional regulation. It builds confidence, reduces frustration and teaches give. Most importantly, it’s one of the best training rewards to substitute when you’re ready to phase out food rewards.


• Dog must voluntarily sit and wait for the cue “Get it!” to start the game.

• Human moving = playtime!

• Human frozen = time to stop & let go of the tug.

• Keep toy down-low to discourage jumping.

• ANY teeth on human skin or clothing = remove toy behind your back for 10 seconds


Imagine your puppy is an engine sitting at idle. Playing tug revs her engine and if you overheat the engine she won’t be able to think clearly. This is when jumping, biting, barking, or refusing to relinquish the toy will happen. Start by revving the engine only a tiny bit to make sure she can return to idle, then work toward longer duration and higher intensity play, which revs the engine considerably.

• Play in bursts of 10-30 seconds.

• Time to stop? Freeze all movement and sprinkle 3-5 treats on the ground.

• Bring toy behind your back while she eats the treats.

• Start over with a voluntary sit, then present the toy with your cue.

• If she can’t sit or drop the toy: she’s too excited. Take an obedience break then play in shorter bursts next time.


• Freeze your movement completely when it’s time to drop the toy. Continuing to move even a little bit conveys it’s still playtime.

• Carry a tug toy to prevent leash biting on walks. Be smart: pull it out BEFORE the biting starts!



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The Home Workspace


As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded it changed our work lives and the way many of us use our homes. Two years later this trend is still sticking around. In fact, some leading business research reports that remote work will increase as we progress through 2023. Although temporary office space solutions worked in a pinch, many homeowners are ready to move their desks out of the bedroom corner or reclaim their kitchen table for mealtimes. They are longing for a “headquarters” created solely for their workday’s routine. Being tucked away from the household bustle can certainly foster a more productive, stable work environment.

Maybe you are nodding in agreement and are eager for a per-

manent and private workspace to call your own. Perhaps you just need some room set aside for the business of running a household or a cozy nook for reflection, crafting, or reading. To help identify goals for your home office purposes see the sidebar (facing page).

Once we have clarified “the who and the what” for the space then we focus on “the where” i.e. location. Finding room for a dedicated office does not always require additional square footage, it may just be a matter of reimagining existing space. In some cases we have found that clients may have redundant living area; perhaps they rarely use their formal dining room or formal living room. Redesigning one of those rooms into a home office could be a perfect solution!

Recently a client came to us wanting to maximize the use of their entry and create an adjacent workspace. Their front room was a multipurpose area that didn’t have a specific use for the family, it had become a catch-all room that was easily cluttered.

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Work @ Home

Through the design process we came up with a plan to split the space into two rooms, an open semi-formal entryway and a home office. We removed a half wall and coat closet that separated the original cramped entryway from the front room.

A new office now sits right off the entryway with beautiful French doors, built-in cabinetry, and an abundance of natural light - everything that one dreams of for their home office. This newly remodeled space looks out to the front porch and front yard as well as the pastural side yard where the children frequently play. The office is an ideal location for a moment of inspiration, reflection, and focus. A warm white paint (Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee) combined with the newly installed light oak luxury vinyl plank flooring (Coretec Springfield Oak) runs throughout the home, creating continuity and a neutral

Identify the Use

Things to Consider:

Is this spot just for you, or will you be accommodating others?

How will you be spending most of your time there?

Will you be : making phone calls drawing paying bills writing crafting reading hosting virtual meetings

When working on a project do you tend to spread out over a large area or keep a more consolidated workspace?

How much quiet and concentration is necessary?

canvas upon which to build. Traditional and schoolhouse style statement light fixtures coordinate with the black door hardware for a touch of contrast.

The semi-formal entryway that was formed through the remodel was intentionally designed around the homeowner’s baby grand piano -- a real showstopper. The flow created by this entryway is welcoming and ushers you into a beautifully curated home. One other added feature was In the family room where we designed a built-in window seat. This created a cozy nook that is used by all the family for reading and extra seating.

As you consider the various areas of your own home there is so much opportunity to imagine and create a space you can call your own. We hope that everyone can have a beautiful and inspiring place to work … or play.

Will your work need to remain out until complete or do you tidy up at the end of the day?

Will you want a certain sightline or accessibility to another room in your home?

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Your Dream Remodel


Existing flaws are certainly aspects of a remodel that are important, and direct many design decisions, but how do you make your home feel like your own? You might know the colors that appeal to you, you've seen photos of other homes that you like, but how do you create a space that fits your unique personality?

The team at G. Christianson has years of experience creating unique, beautiful spaces that change lives. From the start of your design process, with one of their in-house designers, to working with their highly experienced finish carpenters, and solar-powered custom cabinet shop, the team will guide your every step.

Construction of your home is managed by a superintendent committed to making your construction experience as seamless as possible. The team at G. Christianson will help you envision and execute a remodel that meets all of your functional needs, fits your personality, and lasts for a lifetime. You can see in just a few of their featured project photos how each project has intricate details that are the key to creating your desired feel. With G. Christianson’s reputation for improving the Corvallis community since 1986 and their ten-year craftsmanship warranty, you know you can trust them to design and build your dream project that truly captures the essence you're looking for that feels "just like home."

This Ceasarstone Statuario Nuvo quartz backsplash is a continuous piece mounted directly to the wall with white oak floating shelves inlayed with lighting. Custom horizontal grain teak cabinets are enhanced by the toe kick lighting and striking pendant fixtures. The design provides everything from optimal task lighting to a soft ambient glow.
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Home Improvement

HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS CAN BE INTIMIDATING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER TACKLED THEM BEFORE, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE. With a little planning and some basic knowledge, you can take on a variety of home improvement projects and add value to your home while increasing its functionality and appeal.

One of the first things to consider when embarking on a home improvement project is your budget. It's important to have a realistic understanding of how much money you can allocate towards your project, as this will help guide your decisions and ensure that you don't overspend. Once you have a budget in mind, you can start planning and prioritizing your projects.





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One of the most popular home improvement projects is updating a kitchen. This can include anything from installing new appliances and cabinetry to simply painting the walls and adding new backsplash tiles. If you're working with a limited budget, start with smaller projects such as painting the walls or replacing the hardware on your cabinets. These updates can make a big impact and won't break the bank.

Another area of the home that is often in need of improvement is the bathroom. This room is subject to a lot of wear and tear, and it's important to keep it looking and functioning its best. Some popular bathroom improvements include installing a new toilet, sink, or shower, or updating the tiles or vanity. Again, if you're working with a limited budget, consider smaller updates such as replacing the faucets or adding a new showerhead.

In addition to updating the interior of your home, don't forget to consider the exterior as well. This can include everything from pressure washing and repainting the exterior of your home to updating the landscaping or adding outdoor living spaces.

One popular trend in outdoor home improvement is the addition of a deck or patio, which can provide a great space for entertaining, relaxing, even cooking meals and watching films in your own "backyard drive-in."

Another important aspect of home improvement is energy efficiency. By making updates to your home that increase its energy efficiency, you can save money on your energy bills and do your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Some energy-efficient home improvements include sealing drafts, adding insulation, and installing energy-efficient windows and appliances.

Before embarking on a home improvement project, it's important to do your research and plan carefully. This includes creating a timeline, determining what materials and tools you'll need, and setting aside enough time to complete the project. If you're unsure of your own abilities, it may be worth hiring a professional to help with the more complex tasks. When it comes to home improvement, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one person's home may not work for another's. However, with a little planning and creativity, you can take on a variety of home improvement projects and create the home of your dreams. Whether you're looking to update a single room or embark on a full-scale renovation, the possibilities are endless.

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COLD, WET WEATHER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DETERRENT TO EATING AT, AND ENJOYING OREGON’S FOOD CARTS. Over the past few years, cart pods have added full-service indoor facilities to attract diners year-round. Many offer taprooms or fully-stocked bars, live music, and indoor restrooms. First made popular in downtown Portland, cart pods have spread throughout the state. Winter, when the days are darker and the crowds are lighter, is a great time to support local entrepreneurs serving amazing food. We traveled the length of the Willamette Valley to find four-season pods with both standard fare and unique specialties, and have 10 on our ‘must try’ list.

Eugene Beer Garden

777 W 6th Ave

This pod has a garden atmosphere and six carts serving everything from fresh poke to Mexican-Asian fusion, wood-fired pizza to Hawaiian plate lunch. The summer patio transforms to a tented, heated dining area and indoors there is a 42-tap bar and dining room. Just grab a table, scan the code, and order on your phone from any of the trucks. Two thumbs up for the Margherita pizza at Pizza Alta.

Housed in an old train depot, Beer Station has 30 taps and large screen TVs for game-day enthusiasts, but their real specialty is a Bacon Cheese Bloody Mary. Or a flight of Mimosas. There is cornhole and a fire pit on the patio - no matter the weather, and their four carts serve the staples: Latin, Thai, pizza, and burgers.

Junction City Beer Station

495 Holly St

Albany The Barn at Hickory Station

640 Hickory St NW

This locally owned spot in North Albany is popular with families where each member can enjoy their own favorite from the 13 carts on site. For Latin options they have Venezuelan, Salvadoran, and

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Mexican. On the Asian side they have Thai, Hibachi, and Sushi carts. And hotdogs, barbeque, Mediterranean, Hawaiian, Indian, and seafood are also available. Their indoor dining area is expansive and they have 35+ taps with rotating beers, cider, kombucha, and wine selections. Don’t forget dessert from the cart serving ice cream and churros!

large events. We enjoyed meeting mother and son owners sharing a cart: “Yolanda’s Tamales” and “Will Ya Look at That.” Their Marinated Green Chicken Taco Salad was a huge portion, delicious, healthy, and well-priced.

Oregon City

Corner 14

508 14th St


Common Fields

545 SW 3rd St

Common Fields is mostly an outdoor location, but you will find covered, heated seating areas with blankets provided to ward off the chill. It is located in a re-purposed, classic service station and still has the service bay doors and a roof over the area where the gas pumps once stood. The cart selection includes Mediterranean, German, Salvadoran, and Burmese, and they have a shop featuring local food items from artisan producers. Their weekly calendar includes Trivia Night and BINGO, and they host live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We loved the Chicken Curry with Rice and Vegetable Samosas at Nai Nai’s.

Located in historic, downtown Oregon City, Corner 14 houses 11 carts including Russian, Tandoori, and Liege Waffle options. We can recommend the Chicken Shawarma Platter at Shawarma Express. They also have 4 axe-throwing lanes (2 in/2 out) and host a weekly throwing league in partnership with Celtic Axe Throwers (

SE Portland

Collective Oregon Eateries (CORE)

3612 SE 82nd Ave

Newly opened in 2022, CORE aspires to “elevate the eatery experience” and supports 11 carts at their southeast Portland property. In addition to a large, indoor food hall, we found Breakside, a mobile tap truck in a converted, 1972 Winnebago motorhome. Also on site is Gnarlys Vegan Burgers and Sou’s selling Pepper Salted Squid. CORE hosts Cornhole Night on Wednesdays.


The Yard Food Park

4106 State St

Celebrating 4 years in the Four Corners neighborhood of east Salem, The Yard features 17 carts including Cajun, seafood, and soul food. Inside there is a coffee bar, 22 taps, and wine and specialty cocktails from the bar. The space is rentable for

Happy Valley Happy Valley Station

13551 SE 145th Ave

Three miles east of Clackamas Town Center off Sunnyside Road, Happy Valley Station has 18 covered carts including specialties like Korean-Hawaiian, Peruvian, Vietnamese, and grilled cheese! There is a full bar with 45 taps, and the inside dining hall features a French bakery serving pastries, sandwiches, and espresso drinks. Gift tokens are available for $10 each and are redeemable at any cart. They have a sister pod at Troutdale Station ( east of Gresham off Interstate 84.


BG’s Food Cartel

4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave

An easy walk from the Beaverton Central MAX station, BG’s is Beaverton’s largest food cart pod with 31 trucks and plenty of outdoor seating. Indoors is their “Speakeasy Bar” and they offer an event space for rent. The large number of cart choices makes this a great spot for groups and families to dine. We had the Veggie Mezza Plate at Aybla Grill… always our favorite.

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Forest Grove

Zesti Food Carts

2131 Yew St

West of the Portland Metro area in Forest Grove is Zesti Food Carts. The site has been “designed with intention to accommodate food lovers, families, adults and even pets.” They host community events and are home to 14 carts including Italian, Texas-Hawaiian, Argentinian, and Turkish cuisine. Our Pork Belly and Lamb Cuban Sandwich from AJ’s was fabulous.

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Historical Veggie Fans


Before the word "Vegetariansm" was coined in the 1840's, meals without meat were often called "Pythagorean."

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo’s writings display a deep concern with animal welfare and horror over the fact that animals are raised to be killed and eaten by humans.

Mahatma Gandhi

The great Indian leader and activist was a vegetarian from childhood, having been raised in a Vaishnava Hindu family that practiced vegetarianism. In his adolescence, though, Gandhi strayed from the traditions of his family, smoking and occasionally eating meat. Gandhi reaffirmed his commitment to vegetarianism while studying law in England, even though it often meant walking 10 or 12 miles a day to find vegetarian restaurants.


According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

One of the primary benefits of a plant-based diet is the reduced risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Plant-based diets are typically high in fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and are low in saturated fat, which can contribute to the development of heart disease.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that vegetarian diets were associated with a 25% lower risk of heart disease, while vegan diets were associated with a 33% lower risk.

Eating a plant-based diet can also have a positive impact on the en-

Mary Shelly

the author usually credited with creating the genre of science fiction with her book Frankenstein, ate a meatless diet, and the book itself can be read as a kind of vegetarian manifesto. If you’re familiar with the Frankenstein story from one of the film versions, you’re aware that the monster is assembled from parts of corpses. In the original, though, Shelley specifies that the monster’s parts come not just from the dissecting room but from the slaughterhouse, a place she must have regarded with equal horror. Despite the terrifying and unnatural circumstances of his creation, the monster himself is a vegetarian

vironment. The production of animal-based foods requires significantly more land, water, and energy compared to plant-based foods.

According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and is responsible for around 14.5% of global emissions. Adopting a plant-based diet can help to reduce your carbon footprint and lessen the negative impact on the environment.

In addition to the environmental benefits, eating a plant-based diet can also help to reduce animal suffering. Many animal agriculture practices, such as factory farming, can be cruel and inhumane, causing unnecessary suffering to the animals involved. By choosing plant-based options, you can help to reduce the demand for animal-based products and support more humane and sustainable farming practices.

While a plant-based diet can offer many health and environmental

Leo Tolstoy

One of the figures most responsible for the growth of the vegetarian movement in the 19th century was the Russian author Leo Tolstoy. For the last three decades of his life, Tolstoy devoted himself to his own mystical version of Christianity, which focused on pacifism and anarchism. Tolstoy’s pacifism rejected violence against animals as well as people.

benefits, it's important to ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients your body needs. This can be achieved by including a variety of plant-based protein sources, such as beans, lentils, tofu, and nuts, as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It's also a good idea to consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement, as this nutrient is primarily found in animal-based products.

Overall, the benefits of eating a plant-based diet are numerous and varied. Whether you are looking to improve your health, reduce your carbon footprint, or support more humane and sustainable farming practices, there are many good reasons to consider incorporating more plant-based options into your diet. So, it's a good idea to consider adding more plant-based foods to your diet and reducing your intake of animal-based products.

“Animals are my friends, I don't eat my friends.”
― George Bernard Shaw
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There are five locations, but the one we found was


Having been accustomed to San Francisco’s North Beach, and it’s “best in class” Italian restaurant scene, this was a blow that took some time to get over. The sad part was that the guy was right. No Italian eatery of note in sight.

Finally, Pastini opened in Corvallis, and it’s good. One might say it’s even BETTER than an Olive Garden. But we just discovered a fantastic pasta place in Vancouver, Grassa. Actually, there are five of them in the Portland Metro area – where have WE been?

Grassa is owned by Rick Gencarelli. Rick moved to Portland in 2009 and launched a food truck called “Lardo” referring to, as their website says, “a type of salume made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices, encased and cured with salt.” Plural: Salumi. Fun fact: the word salumi, “salted meat” derives from the Latin sal, “salt.”

Gencarelli is not your average Joe, who decided he could make a little dough, on food to go... by opening a food truck. He’s an accomplished chef with a history of culinary accomplishments. Think Culinary Institute of America (the CIA) in NYC, multiple culinary positions involving hops from the east coast to the west, to the east, and back – luckily for us. If you’re still not convinced, before the Lardo food truck, he opened “Olives” in the W Hotel in New York City. One does not simply open a restaurant in a chic hotel in NYC if one doesn’t know what one is doing.

We fell into Grassa purely by accident. Looking at Yelp in a hotel room, it was a tie between sushi somewhere, again, or pasta at Grassa. We were close to the Vancouver location, so what the heck, pasta it was. Fortunately, the Mrs. was with me. She always convinces me to do something better than I’d do myself for dinner. Running family joke: I’ve eaten Slim Jim’s from Chevron for dinner, more than once.

The cool thing about Grassa is it’s not a stuffy, white tablecloth, sit down kind of a deal. Gencarelli could certainly get away with that, given his history, and very clear skill in the kitchen, but thankfully no, he’s made it comfortable to drop in and have a casual, elevated meal. You walk in the door, and there’s the menu, on a giant blackboard on the wall. You order at the counter, take your number and have a seat. Food arrives quickly, delivered by a cheerful and enthusiastic server.

We had Pasta Carbonara and Wild Mushroom Alfredo, with a Caesar Salad and an Italian Chopped Salad to start. She had a coke, I (getting into the whole vibe) had a fizzy, Limonata Sanpellegrino water -“Mediterranean flavours for every moment,” as they say.

Portions were very generous. In fact two people could easily split a pasta OR a salad. The pasta was cooked perfectly, and our sauces were creamy and delicious. Our salads were great too; fresh ingredients with nice tangy Caesar dressing, and an authentic, very Italian, treatment applied to the chopped salad as well.

I’m looking forward to our next visit -soon!


Le Patissier

French Pastry

Savory Dishes

Wedding Cakes

Special Events

All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.



Vive la France !


* 12 1/2 ounces strawberries (3/4 pound)

* 1/2 cup granulated sugar

* 1 cup whole or whipping cream (cold)

* extra strawberries for topping


Clean and slice the strawberries, In a blender or food processor add the sliced strawberries and the sugar and puree briefly. Don't puree for too long, you want small, visible chunks of strawberry.  Remove 1/2 a cup of puree and set aside.

In a chilled bowl beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then fold in the remaining puree (not the 1/2 cup) -- gently. Don't overwork this step!

Divide the 1/2 cup of puree between 4 medium/smallish glasses, and top with the strawberry/whipped cream mixture.

Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour or even over night if desired.  Top with fresh sliced strawberries and serve.

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Strawberry Mousse


Easy Peasy Strawberry Pie

• Pre-baked, cooled pie shell

• 3 pints fresh strawberries

• 1 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup agave)

• 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch

• 1/2 cup cold water

Measure 1 cup strawberries and mash until pulpy. In a saucepan, mix cold water & cornstarch until smooth. Add sugar; mix. Add strawberries; stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Let cool 10-15 minutes. Cut remaining strawberries in half and arrange them inside the pie shell. Pour cooled glaze over top and refrigerate until set.

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Adopt this dog

About Calzone:


Age: 4 Months

Weight: 35 lbs (or so)

Gender: male (neutered)

Breed: Husky/Pit Mix

More about me: Likes: Jumping up and down. Running in circles. Doin' puppy stuff.

Hi, I'm a young fella, and I'm very excited! You'll probably want to do some fun puppy classes with me because my manners are not exactly refined, yet. If you're looking for a new buddy, I'll be your friend for a long time! I have my shots and I'm neutered and I'm ready to go to your house! Let's get some toys on the way!

Dislikes: Being alone. cats, vegetables, and the dark.

Adopt me by calling Heartland Humane Society at 541-454-6526 I can't wait to meet you!

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Tips for Sustainable Living at Home

There’s always room for improvement in a household’s quest to go green. From how you use your appliances to the way you consume and dispose of food, every lifestyle choice you make at home presents an opportunity to be more eco-friendly.

1. Create a Sustainable Kitchen

The kitchen is responsible for a decent portion of your home’s energy output. Choosing energy-efficient appliances can help to improve your household’s sustainability by using less energy. Reusable materials go a long way in the kitchen as well. Even seemingly small changes like switching from single-use to reusable grocery bags and eliminating paper towels can make an impact. Using natural cleaning products will keep your kitchen cleaner longer while improving your home’s air quality, and being mindful about water usage can save on utility bills.

2. Plant an Herb Garden

To further improve your home’s sustainability, consider planting an herb garden. This helps to cut down on repeatedly buying spices and seasonings at the grocery store while cultivating a natural ambiance in your home. (And they’re fun to cook with, too!) Do indoor plants need sunlight? Of course, so be sure to position your indoor garden in an area where your plants have direct access. Once you’ve picked out a spot, decide which herbs you’d like to grow. Some of the most common herbs are easy to grow and will pair well with whatever’s on the menu—basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, oregano, etc.

3. Tips for a More Energy-Efficient Home

The first step in becoming more energy

efficient at home is understanding your energy output. Once you understand your household’s habits, you can identify which cutbacks will help you chart a more sustainable path forward. Energyefficient lightbulbs can help you save on utility bills. Because they use less energy than standard lightbulbs, they typically last longer as well. Make sure your home is properly insulated and your windows’ caulking and weatherstripping are in good condition. Air leaks and poor insulation waste energy and will cause spikes in your utility bills.

4. Reduce Waste at Home

Every household produces some sort of waste, but it’s how that waste is treated that makes all the difference for the environment. Clean your recycling to make it easier to process and do your best to only buy what you plan to eat. Start a compost bin for extra food scraps or consider other agricultural solutions for disposing of it. Consider buying items like shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, and the like in bulk to cut down on packaging waste. Reusable glass containers or jars will help you portion out meals and provide a useful way to store bulk items like rice and beans.

5. Use Solar Energy

Yes, making the switch to solar energy comes with significant upfront costs. But an investment in solar is not just an investment in the health of the planet, it can increase your home value as well. The energy savings you’ll generate in the long term will depend on your household’s level of consumption and the power generated by your solar panels. And if you’re generating more power than you’re consuming, you may be able to sell the

surplus energy back to the grid. For more information on solar-based incentives and tax breaks by state, visit DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®).

6. Sustainable Gardening Best Practices

Even for the green thumbs, there’s an opportunity to go greener at home. A garden is only as healthy as its soil. Mulching is vital to soil health and helps to reduce weed growth. Animal manure also has the power to enrich garden soil, both as a fertilizer and conditioner. Organic weed killers made with natural ingredients will maintain your garden’s health while keeping unwanted weeds at bay. Apply this same organic mindset to dealing with slugs as well. Certain types of slug bait may possess certain chemicals that do more harm than good, especially if you have farm animals on your property like chickens or goats.

7. Sustainable Laundry Room Tips

Before you begin your next cycle in the laundry room, consider some methods of reducing energy. Because the heating of water is responsible for a majority of the energy generated by doing laundry, using cold water can help you save on energy costs. Cold water is also gentler on clothing. Clean the dryer vent and filter regularly to keep it unclogged and running efficiently. Consider hang-drying when possible, and in warmer months, air dry your clothes to save a dryer cycle.

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Your Spring Wardrobe

AS THE WEATHER STARTS TO WARM UP AND THE SUN SHINES BRIGHTER, IT'S TIME TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT MEN'S FASHION FOR SPRING 2023. This season is all about bold colors, comfortable fabrics, and versatile styles that can take you from work to weekend with ease.

One of the biggest trends for spring 2023 is the return of vibrant colors. Say goodbye to the muted tones of winter and hello to bright, bold hues like orange, yellow, and green. These colors are perfect for adding a pop of personality to your wardrobe, whether you opt for a colorful shirt, pants, or even a full suit.

Another trend to watch out for is the rise of comfortable fabrics. After a year of working from home and lounging in sweats, it's no surprise that men's fashion is embracing comfortable fabrics like linen, cotton, and knitwear. These fabrics not only feel great but also look great in relaxed, easy-to-wear styles like oversized shirts, relaxed-fit trousers, and casual blazers.

Of course, no spring wardrobe is complete without the right accessories. This season, we're seeing a resurgence of vintage-inspired accessories like leather belts, statement watches, and classic sunglasses. These timeless pieces are the

perfect complement to any outfit and can add a touch of sophistication to even the most casual looks.

Overall, men's fashion for spring 2023 is all about embracing bold colors, comfortable fabrics, and versatile styles that can take you from work to weekend with ease. Whether you're looking to add a pop of personality to your wardrobe or simply want to feel comfortable and stylish, there's something for everyone this season. So why not embrace the trends and step into spring with a fresh new look?

Note: Oscar and Tamalynne are just back from a trade show and are totally redoing Oregon's greatest men's store for your spring shopping. Make sure to stop in and have a look!

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On the Money

LIFE PARTNERS NEED TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT MONEY We all know couples who fight about money. In fact, you may personally be in a relationship where finances are a source of tension. It’s no mystery why these kinds of conflicts are so common – money fuels our ability to take care of ourselves and our dependents. Managing it requires discipline and a plan, but often couples don’t see eye-to-eye on what that means. When long-term committed partners share their finances but not the same values and habits around money, it’s ripe for friction. Fortunately, as with most things, clear and open communication can help. Here are four questions to facilitate an honest and productive conversation with your spouse or partner about money.


If you are soon to be married or living together, you need to determine how your money will be combined (joint checking and savings accounts or separate accounts) and who will be responsible for each household expense. If you’ve been together for some time, your primary focus is to make sure that you’re living within your means and that there is transparency about all money matters. To the extent you take on debt or make large purchases, it needs to be

an amount both parties are comfortable with.

#2 – WHAT ARE TODAY’S FINANCIAL PRIORITIES? These can change from time to time, but it’s important for couples to frequently discuss what is important to them. For example, young couples may want to determine if they should set money aside for a down payment on a house. Some may want to prioritize spending on vacations. Later in life, couples need to think about how they plan to spend their time (and money) in retirement. These are issues that should be discussed frequently to make certain there are no surprises.

#3 – WHAT ARE YOUR LONG-TERM GOALS? These tend to vary based on your age and are likely to change, to some extent, over the course of your lives. As a young couple, putting money aside for higher education (your own or your children's) may be one of your priorities. Even though retirement may be a long way off, the sooner you begin saving for that goal, the better. Those who are older may be primarily focused on retirement and the disposition of their estate. Sitting down with a financial advisor can be beneficial regardless of your age. An advisor will gather input from both parties and craft a plan to help guide your

long-term financial decision-making.

#4 – IS PROPER PAPERWORK IN PLACE? For couples who plan to get married, there might be reasons to consider a pre-nuptial agreement. It spells out how assets are to be divided in case of divorce. Most importantly, it limits costs related to litigation should divorce occur, as the parties agreed in advance on how assets will be split. For older couples, making sure estate documents are in place is important. The issues are trickier in cases of blended families, as the distribution of assets can be more sensitive. In both cases, seeking proper legal guidance is important.

BOTTOM LINE When it comes to money, communication is key, especially since it can be a very emotional topic. That’s why talking about it regularly is important. For couples, limiting financial surprises – whether that be long-standing debt or large purchases – can go a long way to building a healthy, team-oriented approach to budgeting and managing money.

GREEN LIVING IN '23 | 71 Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at 541-757-3000 Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
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The Fragrance of it All

Perhaps the #1 thing you can do to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals is avoid anything with the word “fragrance” on the label.

If you are like me, your body naturally resists the allure of a chemical fragrance, because it brings on a headache, congestion or discomfort. There are houses I try to avoid on my neighborhood walk, because of what is billowing out of their dryer vent and into the atmosphere. It doesn’t smell like flowers or fresh spring to me. It honestly smells like poison. I consider this instant headache the gift of a red flag. But for those of you who don’t notice anything from those “fragrances”, there are a few things you should know.

When you see a label with the word Fragrance on it, this represents the presence of some of more than 3000 different chemicals. Many research studies have classified the chemicals used in fragrance as allergens, hormone disruptors, asthma triggers, neurotoxins, and carcinogens. Most fragrances include phthalates (used to help scents last longer). These chemicals have major health risks including cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity,

endocrine disruption, birth defects, and respiratory problems. YIKES. It would be nice to think that we could just blindly trust what is sold on our grocery store shelves, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t have to list each of the more than 100 or so different toxic chemicals used to scent a product if they hide it under the term “fragrance”. Oh, and the fragrance industry regulates itself, meaning safety testing does not have to be confirmed by regulators before products are sold to consumers. DOUBLE YIKES.

How many of you know of someone or perhaps are someone, who suffers from an illness with an unknown origin? Cleaning up your home environment of potentially harmful poisons should be a high priority to anyone with pets, babies, and illnesses of any kind. Everyone should be wary of these products.

I recommend going through all your household products, especially the ones you are exposed to often like the laundry detergents, floor and surface cleaners, disinfectant, dish soaps, cosmetics, soaps and skin care, etc. Febreze!!! Look at the label and consider tossing out anything

with “fragrance” in it. This is a very simple way to clean your home environment and will contribute to a cleaner Earth when we all stop consuming these products!

Non-toxic is a term that you should look for when buying a product. There are so many natural alternatives out there now that smell amazing with pure essential oils – or use unscented. I like to use vinegar in water (1:1 ratio) as an allpurpose non-toxic cleaner. It is excellent for windows, floors, and all surfaces. The vinegar smell goes away quickly. Baking soda and a scouring pad can make a great scrub for tubs and sinks. Use pure essential oils in a diffuser, or naturally scented candles to bring lovely scents to a space.

For more information on toxic versus nontoxic household products, check out the Environmental Working Group, Or just google “toxic household products”. There is much to be made aware of regarding products we use every day. Don’t blindly trust what is on the shelves. Do your research to protect your family, your environment, and the planet.

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Greener All the Time

What could be greener than gardening? It involves plants, soils, and nature. Independent garden centers are owned and run by people who care about the earth and the environment.

Could we do more to be good stewards of the earth and promote our planet’s health? Of course! As a partner in an 86-year-old garden center, I’m proud to say that we’ve embraced green products and practices for a number of years. Here are some healthy trends, products, and companies I can get behind.

More and more people are focusing on planting native species, encouraging pollinators, and encouraging wildlife by letting part of the landscape go wild. Organically grown vegetable and herb starts are popular and readily available. The seed companies we buy from are all non-GMO and offer a good selection of certified organic seeds in addition to conventional. We use beneficial insects instead of pesticides on the hanging baskets and bedding plants we grow.

Many of the baskets we grow in are from Western Pulp Products, a Corvallis-based company that makes molded products from waste paper. We sell their empty pots, too. We’re proud to carry Kellogg Garden Products soil and conditioners. They are the “first & only manufacturer to have all our branded organic soils and fertilizers OMRI listed and OIM (Organic Input Materials) reviewed.” Malibu Compost’s Baby Bu Biodynamic blend potting soil is peat-free, using coir instead, which is sustainably harvested. We carry a full line of organic, bagged fertilizer from The Espoma Co. Their bags are made with 25% plant-based resin from sugarcane, and they are 100% solar powered. Down to Earth, based in Eugene, sells its fertilizers in compostable boxes. The colorful CR Plastics outdoor furniture displayed around the nursery is made with 100% recycled HDPE plastic. Two new products for us are Bloem Ocean Series pots which are 100% recycled, made with sourced ocean plastic, and Eco Master breathable gloves which are also made with recycled material and ocean plastic. It would

be better if the plastic never went into the ocean in the first place, but at least someone is doing something with it. Currently, we are accepting clean, rigid, black nursery pots 6-inch diameter and larger. We reuse the 5-gallon and larger pots.

At home, I personally use most of the above products. I love my aqua colored Adirondack chairs from CR Plastics. I’m committed to organic gardening and have been trying to incorporate restorative agriculture techniques in the farming my husband and I do. We’ve learned so much over the years as science and nature reveal new information.

There is always more to be done, more we can do. Let’s work on that.

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Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.
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PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Say No to Dry Skin!


Many people use soap to clean their face. It can be a skin care mistake that you may regret for a long time. Today’s skin scientists have designed skin care products all according to your skin type. The proper cleanser will cleanse, tone and moisturize – rarely do bar soaps or liquid soaps provide any of these necessary steps.

Why is soap NOT a good idea to use on our face you ask? Here are a few reasons why:

Soap is Alkaline-Based and Our Skin is Acidic

When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s natural barrier is an acid mantle with a pH balance generally

between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. Soap, on the other hand, is extremely alkaline. So, if you use soap on your skin, it ruins the pH balance and the acid mantle, which makes your skin conditions worse. Thus it’s best to avoid using bar soap on your face since you need that balanced alkaline or pH level. Use a liquid or cream-based cleanser according to your skin type.

Soap Makes your Skin Dry

Even if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use soap on your face because bar soap strips needed, natural oils from your face and makes it tight and dry. Good oils in your facial skin help it resist wrinkling and stops dryness. Washing with bar soap is like washing your face with dishwasher liquid or a detergent. If your skin is oily, you should use a face wash that is for oily skin that will wash off oils and dirt but will keep the natural oils and maintain the skin’s pH balance. When you use a bar soap, your skin will produce more oils to replace the ones you’ve washed away.

Soap Damages Skin

Washing your face with soap can leave it looking older than it is. There are many newer variations of face washes out there to suit any face type, but bar or liquid soap remains the same and the harsh chemicals in the soap are fine on the rest of your body but not on the delicate skin of your face. Use gentle cleansers that are specifically adapted to your skin.

After cleansing, use a hydrating moisturizer.

Creamy moisturizers will have more emollients for aging and dry skin. The liquid moisturizers are better suited for younger skin.

If you don’t know how to select the right skin care, contacting an Esthetician who is trained in skin care can help you determine your skin type and the proper ingredients your skin needs.

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Looking Good
• LOOKING GOOD 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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Medical Cannabis

Green Living in 2023

GREEN LIVING AND CANNABIS SATIVA REALLY DO GO HAND IN HAND. HEAR ME OUT PLEASE! Cannabis, grown for hemp, can be used to make plastics that are biodegradable as well as the strongest fiber available for fabric, rope and much more. The pulp also makes the best quality paper which can be recycled more than twice as many times as tree-pulp. Why aren’t we using this God-given blessing instead of man-made products that are ruining our Earth as well as our bodies? Simple answer – true as it gets, greed. “This is why we can’t have nice things!”

Probably the best example of green living using Cannabis is the automobile that Henry Ford produced in 1941. According to the New York Times (February 2, 1941) the vehicle was lighter than fiberglass and ten times tougher than steel! Being made of

hemp, flax, wheat and spruce pulp, it was green well before its time. The engine was fueled with ethanol made from hemp or other agricultural waste. Due to World War II, this car never went into production. Crazy, why wasn’t it produced after the war? Same reason, greed.

There are literally thousands of uses for Cannabis Sativa and all of them create a better product that is less harmful to our home planet than the current choices we are making. If you read the history on the prohibition of Cannabis, it is clear how the greed, corruptness and racist characteristics of William Randolph Hearst, Harry Anslinger, Andrew Mellon, and the DuPont Company drove this plant back underground. For the complete history, read the book, “The Emperor Wears no Clothes” by

Jack Herer. It can be checked out at our Lending Library at Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research and ACKR Clinic or through your local city/county/college library.

We are having our annual our seed, plant, and clone exchange at Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 2-5 pm. Call 541-9812620 to RSVP and to learn more. My goal is to plant a seed and help you to see the truth about this plant and its incredible potential. It’s the best natural medicine we have available, for starters.

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• MEDICAL CANNABIS Rhea Graham owns Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research and is a pioneer in the medical cannabis field. Contact Rhea at: 541-981-2620
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Dining in the Valley

Queen’s Chopstick

Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why.

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

2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis


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.


Thursday & Friday 11:30 -- 4:00

Buffet from 5:00 to close.

208 2nd St. SW in Albany



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

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:

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

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


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

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78 Willamette Living Magazine | MARCH/APRIL 2023
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