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Regulars 18 Art in the Valley 26 The Bookshelf 54 Real Estate Update 55 Sten: On the Money 56 Style 57 Gardening With Brenda 58 Kris on Health 59 Looking Good

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Publisher's Update I'M KIND OF A GRINCH ABOUT WINTER... It’s starting to get dark at… what? Noon? The time change is coming as I write this. But, getting an extra hour of 2021, as I saw someone comment online, is like “getting a bonus track on a Yoko Ono album” -- for sure.

“No matter how different a Who may appear, he will always be welcomed with holiday cheer.”

— Cindy Lou Who

I am much more of a “dog days of summer” person. As far as I’m concerned, pumpkin spice is for pies, not coffee. The “crisp chill in the air” and “sweater weather,” please… give me a T-shirt, and air that isn’t freezing. Everyone says we need the rain, but I don’t, I need a house in Australia for winter – where it’s not winter. Due to my lack of lottery winnings however, here we are. It’s not all bad though, Turkey Day is coming, and soon after, Santa. I’m looking forward to stuffing, and the family, and gravy. And I guess football, although I’m way more of a tennis fan, which is played in the summer, when it’s not raining. Also on the horizon, Black Friday. This year, might I suggest, instead of risking being trampled by the giant screen TV hoards, shop at our local small retailers? We’ve got some great gift suggestions from our locals in this issue, and remember, when you shop at a local

small business, you’re supporting the community – not supporting billionaires who are using their (your) money to play spaceman with Captain Kirk. On the home front, we’ve got some delicious recipes for holiday sides, and treats. As everyone knows, it’s the sides, not the Turkey we all look forward to! Let someone else gnaw on the Clark Griswold style, dried, de-flavorized turkey while you feast on roasted Delicata squash, and Coffee Cake (recipe from Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes in Salem - Thanks Michelle!). Of course, the turkey embargo doesn’t apply to next-day sandwiches. If you're you're prone to cabin fever, this issue features an article that lists a bunch of things to do in the winter/indoor months you might like. Also on the home front, if you’re falling over each other trying to cook and enjoy your holiday break, Heidi from Powell Construction has some tips to make your home more holiday friendly. Something to consider for sure! As always, thanks for reading Willamette Living, and I wish you and yours the very best holiday season.

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Michael Gibbons, Oregon's Artist LAST YEAR, OREGON LOST ONE OF HER MOST TALENTED NATIVE SONS, MICHAEL GIBBONS.

to the central Oregon coast. He began to pursue painting fulltime and never looked back.

A fifth generation Oregonian, Michael spent his life visually documenting Oregon’s most beautiful and scenic areas on canvas, and he left behind a record for all to enjoy for years to come. U.S. Senator, and former Governor of Oregon, Mark Hatfield said it best: “this man has interpreted a land we all know and love, giving it back to us in a form we can understand.”

He began painting scenes of Newport, and the surrounding area, creating his reputation as a renowned regionalist painter. Portable field equipment, solitude and intense focus on a limited geographical area have helped him create his very personal, intimate works depicting the land he and his wife, Judy, have called home for more than 30 years.

Michael A. Gibbons, a self-described “poet with a paintbrush” whose art evoked the beauty, wonder and mystery of nature, passed away on July 2, 2020, at home in Toledo, Oregon, because of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2016. He was 76.

While Michael’s most meaningful art was created in and around the community he called home, he visited many other locations to gain additional inspiration. He painted scenes in Washington, California, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, as well as in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Mexico.

A self-taught painter, Michael Gibbons was born in Portland in 1943. Experimenting with art as soon as he could hold a crayon, he began painting in oils while still in elementary school. He would later attend Benson Polytechnic Institute, where he attracted the attention of the Oregon Society of Artists. At the age of 16, he was the youngest person to be invited to become a member of the society. By the time he graduated high school, he was awarded all honors in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. After graduating high school in Portland, he invested in a small manufacturing firm and worked as a designer of specialty automotive accessories. Yet, he knew what he was meant to do with his life as far back as he can remember. When he was 25, Gibbons quit his job in Portland, packed his bags and relocated

The ocean was a constant source of inspiration for Michael and his seascapes are among his most vital works. His painting re-creating the moment when the submersible “Alvin” discovered the hydrothermal vents off the Galapagos Islands in 1977 was given to Dr. Robert Ballard, who was a diver on that expedition. (Ballard gained worldwide fame for his discovery of the wreck of the “Titanic” in 1985.) As longtime Toledo residents and civic leaders, Michael and Judy found constant inspiration in the town’s history and setting amid the naturally beautiful Yaquina River region. “Life is an endless series of opportunities brilliantly disguised as hard work,” was one of Michael’s favorite maxims. In that spirit, Happy Holidays | www.willametteliving.com

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In the Heat of Summer – oil on canvas- 18”x 20” – Done in the Coastal Range on a hot day.

Daylight Moon oil on canvas 12”x 12”- Oregon. One of the first plein-air paintings Michael did in the Coastal range area. He was forced to paint outdoors because he had no real studio space at the time. Notable for his precise treatment and especially the inclusion of the moon.

Dawn Near Eddyville oil on canvas - 24”x 30”

“Somehow the artist is the mercurial figure, the messenger, the alchemist, sent to add to the benediction of human history. I pray my offerings will, in some way, contribute to the collective blessings evident in this region.” Representative David Gomberg presents Judy Gibbons with House Resolution 6

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he saw potential in Toledo as a place where art could flourish.

bons!' Clearly a number of Oregon Governors have shared our respect for classic Oregon art and artists. At a reception in Toledo, Gomberg presented Judy Gibbons and Michael’s family with a framed copy of the resolution.

Oregon State Representative David Gomberg of district 10, Oregon's Central Coast, drafted a resolution to honor Michael and his life's achievements as an outstanding Oregonian. Gomberg provided an amusing story of our state leaders enjoyment of Michael's work: “I admired Michael as an artist and cherished him as a friend. Michael had the unique ability to find and preserve beauty. I’ve enjoyed retelling the story of when Governor Brown was first elected and invited legislators to the Governor’s mansion. I was talking with the Governor and gestured to the large painting dominating the room. 'Governor, this beautiful painting was created by one of my constituents.' 'Oh Representative!' the Governor replied. 'Let me take you up to the second-floor landing and show you our other Michael Gib-

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Michael was a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He also was a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Copley Society and Christians in the Visual Arts. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport and the Knights of Columbus. Thankfully, a part of Michael will live on in his work that celebrates the stunning beauty of our state, captured profoundly, by an exquisite gentleman. To enjoy more of Michael's Work: www.michaelgibbons.net


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Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan Here we are in the waning days of 2021 and our lives still revolve around a pandemic that has re-defined the word normal. Artists were hit hard in 2020 when art festivals and other sales outlets were cancelled and this year has not been much better. The term “starving artist” has taken on real meaning for many creative folks so please remember local artists when doing your holiday shopping this year. One of the most meaningful holiday gifts for loved ones, or for yourself, is something handmade by a local artist. Corvallis, Philomath, Albany and other nearby towns are fortunate to have a thriving arts community with artists creating basketry and fiber art, ceramics, photography, jewelry, oil, alcohol ink, acrylic and watercolor paintings, metal sculpture, printmaking, glass, mosaics, pastels, turned wood and so much more. Most years the local holiday shopping season begins when the Teal Gallery opens in a downtown Corvallis location at the end of October. Then the Southtown Art Walk and the Memorial Union Holiday Marketplace take place during the first weekend in December. All have been postponed until 2022. Last year with everything closed down for most for the year, it was particularly hard on artists who rely on art shows and galleries to sell their creations. This year, all of the tours, galleries and marketplaces had hoped to return, but Covid 19 safety concerns have forced the organizers of these events to cancel or go virtual again this year. These decisions were difficult, particularly since it means another year with limited income for artists. Participating artists would like to encourage potential customers to check the websites for each of the events or galler-

ies to see examples of their work and to get contact information and websites for each individual artist if there is interest in making purchases. Most artists are prepared for on-line sales or email inquiries that might lead to sales.

of restrictions. How can artists express our regained freedom of movement and re-emergence back in the world? Interpretation of a “new horizon” can be literal, (when we can safely venture out again), or metaphoric, (an escape of the confinement in which we all lived). This show strives to inspire dreams of our renewed possibilities: about community, family, festivals, travel to exotic places or to our own backyards. The exhibit includes representational, conceptual, and abstract artwork. Exhibit dates are November 18th to December 29th.

Check out these websites for virtual art sales:

The Corvallis Art Walk (CAW) is back, with social distancing measures in place. The next walks are on November 18th and December 16th, from 4pm to 8pm. Please go to www.corvallisartswalk.com for location information.

www.tealartistcoop.com www.southtownartwalk.com www.craftcenter.oregonstate.edu/ events-activities/holiday-marketplace Local artists’ work can also be found in the following galleries which remain open: Art in the Valley (Corvallis), Gallery Calapooia (Albany), The Arts Center Gift Shop (Corvallis), the River Gallery (Independence) and the Corvallis Museum Gift Shop. Thanks for supporting local and regional artists and for understanding as we move forward in the hopes that in 2022 these events and galleries will return. On to New Horizons is the title of the 2021 year-end show at The Arts Center. Last year art makers were asked to think about what “home” meant to us in the year-end Home Sweet Home exhibit. At that time, our homes were our sanctuary. This year, we have seen signs of hope and getting back to what once was called “normal”, after the intense time

“Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí

Oregon’s visual artists are invited to apply to exhibit artwork in “Imagine the Future”, a juried art show at the Philomath Museum from January 28 – March 5, 2022. Artists are challenged to envision the future and attempt to delineate the steps to get there in 2D or 3D format. Artist submissions are due on November 19th. Information on the submission process can be found at www.bentoncountymuseum.org/index.php/exhibitions/ call-to-artists-imaginethefuture

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Winter Boredom Busters for Women: Fun Ways to Keep Your Energy and Spirits High by Kimberly Blaker DOES BEING COOPED UP THROUGH THE LONG WINTER MONTHS HAVE YOU FEELING DOWN AND LETHARGIC? Staying physically and mentally active is essential to maintaining your energy and keeping your spirits high. So give the following boredom busters a try. Go skating. Ice, inline, or rollerskating is excellent cardiovascular exercise and an effective energy and mood booster. It also improves balance and coordination. Not to mention, it's just plain fun. So find a rink to get your blood pumping. Film festival. These are often held during the winter months at independent theaters, museums, and on college campuses. If the festival has multiple films you'd like to check out, it likely offers discounted passes to see multiple or unlimited movies during the event. Join a gym. Get your cardio workout on treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair climbers, arc trainers, indoor rowers, and elliptical trainers. Then hit the weight machines every other day to tone and strengthen your muscles. Just think how great you'll look come summer! Attend a sporting event. Get tickets to a football, hockey, or basketball game. If watching team sports isn't your thing, you might enjoy a boxing or martial arts match or ice skating competition.

Try a new sport. Get your game on with a wide variety of indoor sports. Raquetball, martial arts, tennis, rock climbing, swimming, volleyball, ice hockey, boxing, bowling, and basketball are but a few. Check with your local YMCA, recreation centers, or community parks and recreation offerings. Spa treatment. Revitalize by scheduling a day at the spa, or give yourself a home spa treatment. Bask in luxury with a facial, manicure, pedicure, and hair treatment. A new hairstyle, color, or highlights is also a great way to lift your spirits. Form a weekly or monthly card-playing group. Ask friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family to join you in a regular evening of bridge, euchre, poker, or rummy. Ask everyone to bring a snack to share, and take turns with other players hosting the event. A weekend away. Are you feeling cooped up? Take a long weekend away someplace warm, or even just a lively city nearby. Look up attractions and entertainment before you go to make the most of your weekend stint. Go to a concert. Check out large venues near you. But don't forget about smaller community venues that often bring in national and international independent artists of a wide variety of genres such

as bluegrass, folk, jazz, Celtic, rock, R&B, blues, Latin, and much more. Smaller venues are great because they provide a more intimate experience. Check out a museum. Look for museums and galleries in your community, the big city, and on college campuses. Art, history, and science museums are a fun, fascinating way to spend a day. Visit the library. If you like to read, many libraries offer cozy reading nooks. So it's an excellent way to get out of the house for a while and still relax. Add to that, libraries offer so much more than books. They house extensive collections of magazines, DVDs, video games, and music CDs as well. Do a jigsaw puzzle. This is the perfect indoor activity for relaxing while exercising your brain. Before you begin, cut a piece of wood or cardboard a little larger than the dimensions of the puzzle. That way, if it takes a while to complete, you can store it out of your way. Volunteer for a local charity. Choose your favorite charity and volunteer your time and service. Whether you want to help the elderly, poor, sick, homeless, kids, pets, or the environment, there's something out there for everyone. Just choose something meaningful to you.

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Shop Local This Holiday Season THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY IS FILLED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF LOCAL FARMERS, GROWERS, AND MAKERS. FROM HANDCRAFTED GIFTS TO DELICIOUS LOCALLY MADE FOOD AND DRINK, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESSES ARE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Buy Local First is a campaign that aims to educate consumers on the positive impact that buying local has on the local community. In addition to being able to find one-of-a-kind items unique to Corvallis and the greater Willamette Valley, making a local business your first choice for holiday shopping brings benefits across the board for both local businesses and the local economy:

Diversity Local businesses help a community retain its unique character.

Prosperity Of every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the local economy. Only $13 of every $100 spent at a chain store stays in the community. When you buy from a “Mom or Pop” business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college. Buying what you need from our locally owned independent businesses supports people who are part of our community!

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Stability Local ownership minimizes the chance that a company or business will pull up stakes and move to another town. Flexibility Local business owners are generally more available to their customers and more interested in developing personal relationships, value feedback, and accommodate customers’ requests.

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Sustainability Spending money at a locally owned business decreases transportation costs, reduces the use of underpaid labor, and rewards those who are not outsourcing jobs.

Enter to win a $250 gift card to the participating business of your choice! There are three ways to enter: Join Buy Local First’s email list to stay up to date at www.corvallisbuylocal.com Take a photo at a participating business and share on Facebook or Instagram with #buylocal2021 Visit www.corvallisbuylocal.com to join our Actionbound game by checking in with photos at participating businesses Buy Local First is sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, First Alternative Co-op, and Remarkable Arts. Visit www.corvallisbuylocal.com to learn more about participating businesses, how to shop locally this holiday season, and how to support Buy Local First.


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The liars' gospel : a novel by Naomi Alderman

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

An award-winning author describes the life of Jesus Christ as told by the four people who were closest to him before his death: his mother, his friend Iehuda, the High Priest of the Temple and a rebel named Bar-Avo (Fiction)

After the death of a homosexual magician, his female assistant journeys from Los Angeles to Nebraska in search of the man's hidden past and discovers his estranged family, as well as the love she has always been denied. (Fiction)

"As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected" (Young Adult)

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Forced to confront a past she cannot remember involving the disappearance of her two brothers five years earlier, Wendy encounters a boy who begs for her help when other children start to go missing. By the author of Cemetery Boys. (Young Adult, Fiction)

Louisiana Longshot : A Miss Fortune Mystery by Jana DeLeon

Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Exiled to a small bayou town after a leak at the CIA results in a price on her head, Fortune Reading finds herself involved in a murder investigation when human bones are found in her backyard. (Fiction)

Librarian’s Picks

A woman who has dedicated her life to protecting the environment convinces a fishing captain and his salty crew to follow the world's last flock of Arctic terns on a migration of dark revelations. (Fiction)

A naturalist describes how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was enchanted by the intelligence and playful spirit of a starling in a Viennese shop and took it home for a family pet and discusses a natural history of the frequently reviled bird. (Nonfiction)

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown The best-selling author of Hello Goodbye Hello shares a portrait of the sister of Elizabeth II that draws on eclectic sources to explore her controversial relationships, the contradictory aspects attributed to her character and the tragedies that overshadowed her life (Nonfiction)

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig A follow-up to the best-selling Reasons to Stay Alive shares a broad analysis of how modern life feeds anxiety, examining factors ranging from inequality and sleep disorders to social media and current events. (Nonfiction)


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Three generations of an Apache family of activists race against time in a legal and cultural battle to protect sacred land from corrupt government officials and a multinational mining corporation. By the National Book Award finalist author of Radioactive. (Graphic Novel, Nonfiction)

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Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh A lighthearted contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility finds two sisters, complete opposites in temperament, who discover that the secrets they have been keeping make them more alike than they realized. (Young Adult, Fiction)

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Healthy NO, BAD FORM

By Nathan Haines THE NEW YEAR IS FAST APPROACHING, AND WITH THAT COMES EVERYONE’S PROMISE TO THEMSELVES THAT THEY ARE GOING TO IMPROVE AN ASPECT OR ACHIEVE SOMETHING MISSING IN THEIR LIVES: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. For the majority of adults in the United States, 2021 will be “the year I finally get healthy.” The most common two resolutions are “I’m going to exercise more” and “I’m going to lose weight.” These can be broken down into much more specific goals and pledges, but the bottom line is that more than 50% of Americans want to be healthier and both goals share a common theme: a structured exercise regime of some sort. So why do 80 percent of these New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February and what can we do to be more successful with exercise adherence in general? The main reason more people don’t stick with a fitness routine is simple. Exercise in itself isn’t fun, and we just don’t like it. Exerting oneself, getting sweaty, lifting weights, etc. is not on the top of the list most people look forward to each day. For those who do enjoy it, adherence is not a problem. And while I believe it is the biggest reason why more people aren’t regularly exercising; it is the hardest barrier to crack. Tackling other reasons such as lack of time, fear, no experience, injury, and laziness can help fight our overall disdain for fitness and have easier solutions, at least in theory. Once you get started and begin to see results and feel better, exercise will become much more tolerable. The most common answer to the question, “why don’t you exercise?” cites a lack of time. It’s the easiest excuse and the one that will get the least amount of pushback form ourselves and others. People often associate fitness routines with spending hours in a gym at a time, but the truth is that even 10 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and that 30 min of moderate exercise per day can lead to substantial health benefits. The great news is that it doesn’t have

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to be consecutive, either. If you can’t get to the gym one day, taking three 10 min walks can keep you moving and keep you motivated. Passing the gym on your way home because you only have 20 minutes is no longer an excuse and making sure you DO stop in will help overcome other barriers as well. Fear and lack of experience often accompany each other as a major barrier to exercise, especially in a gym setting. Walking into a crowded facility with music blaring, weights clanging, and people grunting is not a welcoming image for someone new to exercise. The fear of embarrassing oneself because of their current lack of health or experience is a very common barrier to not only exercise adherence, but simply getting started. Combat this by finding a fitness center with a comfortable atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff that can set you up on a program that is right for YOU. A lot of fitness centers offer free trial memberships and some even offer free sessions with an exercise coach. Take advantage of it. Even if you must invest a small amount of money for a personal training session to get started, the value of having a routine specifically designed for you will be huge on your path to exercise adherence. The same can be said for injuries. Whether it’s a long-standing ailment or something resulting from a poorly planned exercise routine, seeking out a professional with experience in what you are dealing with can help you overcome it. Physical therapy can be a great bridge to regular fitness by helping get past that first initial barrier. Finally, the biggest barrier to exercise in my opinion: laziness. Not wanting to exercise or simply wanting to do ANYTHING else (or nothing at all) is also the hardest hurdle to overcome. Most of us are extrinsically motivated and need some sort of goal, reward, or outside influence to help us stay on track and that isn’t always the easiest to set when it comes to exercise. Here are some final tips when it comes to keeping moving and motivated: • SHOW UP – simply getting to the gym is usually the hardest part.

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YES, HEALTHY & FIT Even if you can only be there for 10 minutes, do it. Keeping the habit will make it much easier when you have more time. • Use the buddy system – having accountability to someone else is a huge motivator. Create an exercise challenge with a friend and go to the gym at the same time. It’s more fun to celebrate a goal with someone else, anyway. • Set realistic and measurable goals – instead of listing “getting healthy” as a goal, use something more specific and achievable. And start small; “go to the gym three times a week” is much more realistic than “run a marathon this year.” • Avoid burnout – listen to your body and allow yourself rest, or “easy days,” but don’t let yourself to get out of the habit. If your tired or lacking motivation on a scheduled workout day, simply do some stretching or light walking at your normal time. Keep on schedule. If you are one of the many people who are struggling to start or keep a healthy exercise routine, remember, you are not alone. Millions of people will be claiming 2021 as their breakthrough year. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a leg up on everyone else - DO NOT set a New Year’s resolution. START NOW. Make exercise a healthy lifestyle change and feel good about yourself in February while everyone else has retreated back to their couch!

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Oregon B&B's Are Offering Gift Certificates for 28 Vacation Destinations TRAVEL IS BACK IN STYLE AND GIFT CERTIFICATES TO USE AT AN OREGON BED & BREAKFAST ARE A SMART ADDITION TO ANY GIFT LIST. It’s the gift of exploration and adventure, while also supporting local, small Oregon businesses that have struggled to stay afloat over the last 2 years. The Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild (OBBG), the professional association of B&Bs in Oregon, is excited to offer gift certificates that can be redeemed at over 25 Inns across the state. Purchase an OBBG Gift Certificate by December 25, 2021, and get a FREE, limited edition Oregon Trail of Waterfalls map included with their purchase, while supplies last. Oregon B&Bs are near hiking and waterfalls (www.OregonTrailofWaterfalls.com), along the coast or mountains, in wine country and even out on a ranch. The giver doesn’t need to know the recipient’s schedule or desired adventure – one gift certificate covers so much. “Local innkeepers, who know their area of Oregon inside and out, love to help guests explore and enjoy all our great state has to offer,” said Sue Stein, OBBG President. All OBBG Inns are inspected for cleanliness, comfort, insurance and licensing so a purchaser can feel confident the recipient will have a great time getting away to a high-quality destination of their choice. Gift certificates are good for 18 months and available in $25 increments, so recipients have plenty of time to redeem them at the Inn of their choosing. The free map that comes with purchase is a large, limited edition doodle map created by the innkeepers of OBBG. The front of the map features more than 80 must-see waterfalls across the entire state, as well as nearby bed and breakfasts where one can reserve a room and stay. While the B&Bs and waterfalls are in color, the remaining landmarks and terrain are in black and white, to afford adults an unexpected moment of quiet, and the opportunity to envision their own adventure and color their course. The back of the map highlights various bits of information, like the many Oregon food trails, Instagram-worthy drives, popular in-state movie spots, and scenic bikeways OBBG Gift Certificates are perfect for friends near and far, employee appreciation gifts, stocking stuffers…or even for yourself. Shhhhh, we won’t tell. We all need a getaway every now and then! And no need to be concerned about supply chain issues with an OBBG gift certificate. What’s better than purchasing gifts you know the recipient will love while in your jammies?

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Holiday Traditions For You and Yours to Treasure By Kimberly Blaker WHETHER YOU CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, HANUKKAH, KWANZAA, EID AL-FITR, BODHI DAY, OR THE WINTER SOLSTICE, HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ARE A FUN WAY FOR FAMILIES TO BOND AND CREATE FOND MEMORIES. The traditions you choose are limited only by your imagination in the way you and your family carry them out. The following are a few fun traditions to consider.

brings a wrapped gift that anyone can use. Everyone then draws a numbered slip and takes a turn choosing either a wrapped gift or taking an unwrapped gift from another participant. If a player loses their gift, that person gets to choose another wrapped gift or take a gift from someone else. For complete rules and variations on this fun gift exchange, visit www.whiteelephantrules. com

CUSTOMS FOR GATHERINGS Storytelling. Choose a theme such as ‘my most memorable holiday season’ or ‘the best thing that happened this year,’ and ask each person to share a memory. Record the storytelling on video or audio, then play it in future years as part of your memory-sharing tradition.

FOR TWOSOMES OR THE WHOLE BROOD Cozy escape. Escape the holiday hustle and bustle, and enjoy a holiday retreat. Try a cozy cabin in the woods or another scenic setting. Then enjoy your togetherness near a roasting fire, flipping through family photo albums, enjoying holiday music, doing crafts, and other relaxing activities.

Poetry. Hold a holiday poetry reading. Ask each person to bring copies of their favorite seasonal or holiday poems to pass out and read aloud at your gathering.

Holiday countdown. Take a 3” by 3’ strip of ribbon and cut 24-paired slits from top to bottom. Thread each pair with a narrow ribbon and tie a sucker in each. Beginning December 1st, remove a lollipop each day through Christmas Eve, or the eve of the holiday you celebrate.

White elephant. Rather than exchanging gifts or doing a drawing for a gift exchange, hold a ‘white elephant.’ Each guest

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Note to Self: Discontinue holiday traditions that have lost their appeal and usefulness or that create too much stress.

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Romantic evening. Couples often forget to take time out for each other during the busy holiday season. Plan an evening for two and reserve a table near a fireplace or a different romantic setting. When you return home, light some candles and your tree, listen to holiday or soft music, and exchange a special gift with each other. Then spend the evening reminiscing and sharing your dreams for the future.

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Don’t forget blankets and your favorite hot beverage for warming your lips and hands.

Cut your own tree. Take the whole family to a tree farm and make a day of it. Look for the perfect tree to compliment your home, or that fits your family's taste.

Homemade wrapping paper. Get a roll of brown Kraft paper. Then cut holiday shapes out of sponges, dip them in holiday-colored paint, and stamp the shapes onto the paper. Use glitter and glue to add to the festive look.

International customs. Pick up a book on holiday customs around the world. Each year, choose a different culture or nationality for your theme. Then decorate and try new traditions accordingly. Shopping date. Make a date with your partner, and assist each other in selecting your holiday attire. Decide in advance on the formality so you choose complementary outfits and your shopping trip together remains agreeable. JUST FOR YOU Pamper yourself. Decorate the bathroom in holiday candles, fragrance, and holly. Throw on some holiday or other relaxing music. Then enjoy a long bubble bath and give yourself a full salon treatment. Include a manicure, pedicure, deep hair conditioning, facial mask, and body buff. TRADITIONS FOR ALL Stockings for adults. Fill stockings for your partner, parents, or grandparents to discover. Stuff them with treats, beauty products, postage stamps, lottery tickets, and other inexpensive or usable items. Help a needy family. Deliver a box of groceries, or supply a family with gloves and hats. Ask your children to make room for their own new gifts by donating good, unwanted toys. Offer the toys to the needy family to leave from Santa, or wrap them yourself and leave them on the doorstep.

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A special ornament. Buy a new tree ornament each year that signifies something important such as your baby’s first Christmas or solstice. If it’s your first season in a new home, find an ornament that represents it.

TRADITION TIPS Discontinue holiday traditions that have lost their appeal and usefulness or that create too much stress. Talk to your family members or friends who share in the tradition, explain your feelings, and ask for input. They may feel the same. Even if they don't, you can try to reach a compromise that satisfies everyone. Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with customs. Be selective and choose those that mean the most to you and your family. Most traditions require some investment of time, energy, or money. Taking on too many can cause stress and lead traditions to lose their appeal. When you choose traditions, divide the responsibilities. Women often take sole responsibility for holiday activities, which can be overwhelming and interfere with their ability to really enjoy the season. So try not to strive for perfection, and allow men and children to help in the preparation. By keeping these tips in mind and being flexible, you and your family can enjoy holiday traditions for years to come. Kimberly Blaker is a freelance writer. She also owns an online store, Sage Rare & Collectible Books, specializing in out-of-print, scarce, signed, and first editions and fine bindings at www.sagerarebooks.com

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The Clothes Tree 204 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis In Corvallis since 1962, they do the holidays right! New Morning Bakery 219 SW 2nd St, Corvallis Shopping fuel! Plus, check out the kits to build your own gingerbread house!

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Valley Gift Guide From Kaitlin Campbell, Owner of Ethos Body I've been searching for my calling since my mom passed away and I became entwined in the world of natural healing. I started to rely on my essential oils and crystals as my own source of healing. I soon discovered the incredible plant-power behind organic, plant based products, how simple they are to create for my family and friends, and how effective they truly are. I

want everyone to know they don't need chemicals in their home + body care products to achieve their goals! Plants are power. Ethos Body 425 SW Madison Ave suite h-3, (By Starbucks) Corvallis Fantastic, organic gifts!

The Inkwell 234 SW 3rd St, Corvallis The Inkwell is one of our reader's picks for "Best of the Valley" year after year for a reason. Go take a look. They have something for everyone!

Scio Hardware & Mercantile 38737 N Main St, Scio Practical gifts, stocking stuffers, fun gifts, and decor. A great little store!

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Garland Nursery 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, It's not all about plants at Garland, particularly during the holidays. Great gifts are in season now!

Please join us as we begin our 2021-2022 Season!

FALL CONCERT featuring

u Alexander Tutenov, piano

Tuesday, Nov. 23 7:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY CONCERT Friday, Dec. 3 7:30 p.m.

The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis

For ticket information, visit: cosusymphony.org

According to OSU campus requirements, patrons will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, along with valid ID, before entering the concert hall. Learn more at: covid.oregonstate.edu/attending-events-fall-2021 Please contact the Symphony Office to make accessible seating arrangements, preferably one week in advance, at office@cosusymphony.org or 541.286.5580.

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Just minutes from Corvallis or Salem!

The Grapevine

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

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Grape Pickin' At the end of every Willamette Valley summer Tom Johns, the owner of Emerson Vineyards affords the opportunity for a few (lucky?) people to come out to the farm and help with the harvest. This year, we thought we'd give it a try. On the surface, it seems easy right? Kind of a "European Vacation" day. Sophia Lauren. The romance of the vineyard. Well it kind of is that, but with a whole lot of hard work! Our day on the farm gave us, and I think everyone there, a whole new appreciation for just how hard this work is. We've picked all kinds of stuff, but our main summer picking event is usually blueberries. They're a whole different technique. Blueberries require just a wave of your hand, and they rain into your bucket. You can fill a huge bucket pretty quickly. Grapes are a different story, they hide from you, way down low.

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Picking grapes requires a pair of razor sharp clippers that will happily cut your finger off just as soon as they'll clip a grape vine. And the grapes are in tight clusters, so it takes the skill of a neurosurgeon to actually get the clippers in position to clip the vine without wrecking the plant. I think we all did pretty well though. When it was said and done, and the grapes were hauled back to the barn, we ended up with about 900 pounds of fruit. Not bad for a morning's work. We thought, until it was revealed to us that professional grape pickers would pick about that much every hour. So, my hat is off to you professional grape pickers. By noon Tom had prepared a delicious lunch and of course, it was accompanied by wine-- now we know where it comes from.


Tom's Holiday Wine Suggestion: "We typically recommend our Avelina Pinot Noir for the holiday season. 2018 Avelina Pinot Noir - Our Avelina Pinot Noir is a deep ruby red wine redolent of complex cherry, fig, cola, and earthy aromas. These luscious aromas are enhanced by vanilla and spice from extended aging in oak barrels. Deep flavor of rich chocolate, dried sweet cherries, and a hint of oak lead to a long smooth finish. Cellar for 5 to 7 years or enjoy now with turkey, beef tenderloin and/or creamy cheeses, gingersnaps, and hazelnuts." Happy Holidays | www.willametteliving.com

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

Vaux

If you find yourself in Northwest Portland, take cover in the Hilton's Canopy Hotel's restaurant, Vaux. We recently attended a show in Portland and happened across this delightful eatery.

The dining room was pleasantly low on diners, and the space is cavernous, yet still it emits a very cool mid-century vibe. Service was quick and our server was very personable. The menu lists a number of seasonal, northwest-inspired dishes, all at surprisingly palatable prices. There is also a selection of pizzas for those observing a "Mediterranean diet" -- that's what that is, right?

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

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Clockwise: A butter lettuce Ceasar Salad, Shrimp & Grits, and a Citrus Marinated Flank Steak, medium rare.

Salads are 1. The Ceasar with Boston Bib lettuce, croutons, and Pecorino cheese, and 2. A Seasonal Beet and Hazelnut -- we had both, and both were delicious. The Ceasar with bib lettuce was a nice change up from the standard Romain. It was smooth against the croutons. My steak was marinated (overnight in a citrus marinade), and cooked perfectly, and her shrimp and grits entreé was great. Two thumbs up. Go check it out.

Vaux 425 NW 9th Ave Portland 971-351-0258 www.vauxpdx.com The "Lemonade Stand" vodka, lavender, lemon, sparkling rosé. $12


Maple Glazed Delicata Squash Delicata squash is naturally sweet and moist with tender skin (no need to peel!) This simple and delicious recipe makes a perfect side dish, whether for a school night meal or as a part of your Thanksgiving day banquet. Use only the best, locally grown organic delicata squash from First Alternative Co-op! * 2 lb delicata squash * 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided * 1/4 tsp salt * 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

* 1 Tbsp. maple syrup * 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard Preheat oven to 425. Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, then cut into 1/2″ slices. Toss with 1 Tbsp oil and salt in a large bowl. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast, stirring once or twice, until tender and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Toss squash with dressing. Roast an additional 5-8 minutes. Happy Holidays | www.willametteliving.com

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Le Patissier

Not everything needs to be homemade, in fact, some things should definitely not be.

Reminder! Corvallis' Le Patissier will be taking orders again this year for Chef Didier's fabulous bûche de Noël holiday cakes. A little context: "Pre-Christian Traditions The earliest bûche de Noël in France can be traced to Celtic Brittany. A log was lit at the winter Solstice ceremony honoring the sun and marking the end of the dark days of winter. Medieval French Christmas Traditions A custom of French culture, the bûche de Noël French Christmas tradition is thought to have stemmed from a Medieval feudal tax levied at Christmas. Called the “right of the log”, the peasants on Christmas Eve had to bring a large piece of wood from the forest to the feudal lord’s manor house. Years later they began to bring the wood to their own house. The log was blessed and lighted with a special ceremony. From “The Book of Days” 1869 Robert Chambers’ The Book of Days (1864) tells us that this not just a French Christmas tradition but also traditional throughout Europe and the British Isles. The burning of the Yule log is an ancient Christmas ceremony, transmitted to us from our Scandinavian ancestors, who, at their feast of Juul, at the winter-solstice, used to kindle huge bonfires in honour of their god Thor. The custom, though sadly shorn of the 'pomp and circumstance' which formerly attended it, is still maintained in various parts of the country. The bringing in and placing of the ponderous block on the hearth of the wide chimney in the baronial hall was the most joyous of the ceremonies observed on Christmas Eve in feudal times." You won't be expected to venture into the woods, or light any giant fires, but you can still enjoy your dessert in honor of Thor if you want, that's kind of awesome. Get your orderes in early though, these are made to order and they are not frozen for pickup later. Dider arrives in his kitchen in the wee hours while you are still sleeping (like Santa), prepares these special desserts for you, and you pick them up, just in time!

“Buche De Noel Dessert French Christmas Traditions.” FRENCH CULTURE TRAVEL ADVENTURES. French-Culture-Adventures.Com. Web. 08 Dec. 2011. <http://www.french-culture-adventures.com/ buche-de-noel.html>.

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541-752-1785

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"Lighten Up" - Vegan Sides

Sweet and Savory Corn Muffins

Ingredients - Potatoes

1 cup non-dairy milk 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed 6 tbsp. water 1 1/2 cups fine cornmeal 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika 1/4 cup vegetable oil 4 Tbs real maple syrup

Ingredients

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Cranberries with a Maple Cinnamon Glaze

2.5–3lbs red and/or gold potatoes, peeled 1/2 cup vegetable broth 1/2 cup almond milk 1 tsp garlic minced 1/4 tsp each sea salt and pepper 1 shallot sliced fresh herbs such as thyme, basil, etc. Olive oil or almond milk to thin. 1/2 tsp sea Salt or garlic salt and pepper

Ingredients

For the White Bean Puree:

3 cups Brussels sprouts ends trimmed, and halved 1 ½ lb butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed 2 cups walnut halves 5 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons maple syrup ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup dried cranberries Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup vegetable broth 3 sage leaves - stem removed

Place potatoes, broth, almond milk, garlic, salt and pepper in slow cooker.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk with apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes to curdle, this will give the muffins a buttermilk taste. In another small cup, mix together the water and flaxmeal and let rest until gelled together.

Instructions

Next make your white bean puree by placing ingredients in blender or food processor, blend until creamy, pour atop potatoes mixture in slow cooker.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, cumin, paprika, and sugar. Stir until combined.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Combine the flaxmeal mixture to the apple cider vinegar mixture and add the oil and maple syrup. Whisk together and then add to the cornmeal mixture. Stir until fully combined.

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Arrange the vegetables and nuts on a large baking tray, drizzle with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, tossing everything halfway through so the ingredients cook evenly, until the vegetables are tender and the nuts are toasted. 3. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, walnuts, cranberries, and remaining ingredients, mix to combine.

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Slow Cooker White Bean Mashed Potatoes

Instructions

After potatoes have softened enough, mash potatoes to desired consistency. If potatoes are too thick, add more oil or 2-4 tbsp of almond milk to thin. To finish, fold in remaining herbs, and then add salt and pepper to taste.

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Instructions

Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups, filling about 2/3 fill. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Baking for a Full House

Best Ever Cinnamon Coffee Cake WHEN YOU’VE GOT A HOUSE FULL OF GUESTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE LOVES A COFFEE CAKE IN THE MORNING. HERE’S A RECIPE COMPLIMANTS OF MICHELLE AT MICHELLE ASHLEY CUSTOM CAKES THAT IS SURE TO PLEASE. MAYBE YOU SHOULD EVEN LEAVE A PIECE FOR SANTA! Ingredients For the Streusel • • • •

2/3 cup flour 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cake • • • • • • • •

1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze • •

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. 2. In a medium bowl, mix the dry streusel ingredients together. Add the melted butter and stir until it looks like wet sand. Set aside. 3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. 4. Spread half the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle half the streusel over the batter in the pan. 5. Drop the rest of the batter on top by spoonfuls and gently spread it out with a flat or angled spatula. 6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining streusel. Bake 45-50 minutes. 7. Remove and cool. 8. Stir together the powdered sugar and milk. Spoon into a small Ziplock bag and cut one tip off. Drizzle over the top of the cake. Let set before cutting

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5-6 teaspoons milk

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Alt. Medicine

Calm Those Holiday Nerves...

By Rhea Graham STRESSING ABOUT THE IN-LAWS COMING FOR THE HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR? Get yourself a handful of leaf and brew up some pot-tea. You can use fresh, just picked Cannabis leaf or you can use dried leaves or flowers. Cut or break them up and boil for 10 minutes if you do not wish to get high. I prefer to rinse my leaf first, let it sit in water a few minutes and gently rinse off with lukewarm water; you wash your lettuce, right?! Smoking pot is so last century … but Smokeless Cannabis Remedies are a way of life for many in the Willamette Valley who are becoming healthier. Something as simple as a cup of Cannabis Tea can work as well or better than a prescrip-

tion anxiety pill, and there doesn’t have to be an associated high or any negative side effects. Another favorite use for leaf is in a fruit smoothie. These two simple remedies can replace anxiety medication as well as prescriptions used for Parkinson’s disease and anti inflammatory medications. Some seizure patients have replaced their pharmaceuticals with Cannabis, as have countless pain and sleep patients. Cannabis is non-addictive and the best alternative available for most, each one of us has an EndoCannabinoid System, after-all! The idea of not having to smoke it is enticing to many, as is the thought of not having to be in an altered state when using it.

*Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. For use only by adults twenty-one years of age and older. Keep out reach of children.

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Rhea Graham owns Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research. If you are interested in learning more about Cannabis as medicine, contact Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research and ACKR Clinic at 541-981-2620 or check out the website at

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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. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat 2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis

del Alma

An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience. Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com 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

541-758-9166

Novak’s Hungarian

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

New Morning Bakery

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

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

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

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Home Improvement

Home for th

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he Holidays Let Holiday Gatherings Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel By Heidi Powell

THE HOLIDAYS BRING TO MIND WARM MEMORIES OF GATHERING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OFTEN IT IS DURING THESE TIMES OF ENTERTAINING THAT PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT THEY WOULD CHANGE ABOUT THEIR KITCHENS. OVER THE YEARS, WE’VE ADDED LOTS OF FEATURES TO REMODELS SPECIFICALLY FOR HOLIDAY EASE - AND WE’VE COMPILED A LIST TO HELP YOU PLAN FOR YOUR OWN PROJECTS. Double Oven or Oven & Convection Microwave A double oven is one of the most popular requests in our kitchen remodels. Even though most people say they don’t use it every day, the ability to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures is invaluable during holiday meal preparation. Another combo that has been popular recently is an oven with a convection microwave above, rather than a second oven. Convection microwaves are a newer appliance, but can provide many functions of a traditional oven while also working as a microwave, eliminating the need for a countertop or over-the-range appliance. One recent client remarked that it was a breeze to do her roasted veggies in the convection microwave while she did her baked goods in the regular oven below. Large Island or Raised Bar Another common request that is a game changer for many during the holidays is adding a large island, especially one with a bit of seating incorporated. A lot of people enjoy the company while preparing their holiday meals, or just need the extra counter space! A raised bar in particular can be a great space for either seating or laying out serving dishes.

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Home Improvement

Glass Front Cabinets or Open Shelves While glass cabinets or open shelves may seem like more of an aesthetic choice than a utilitarian one, it can actually provide an easy way for guests to locate extra plates or glasses. You can switch the placement of your kitchen items to make your open shelves the place intended for guests to find their dinnerware, which is convenient and creates a nice, airy feel. Trash & Recycling Pull-Out Having a designated cabinet pull-out for your trash and recycling is convenient all year round, but even more useful during the holidays when you have more kitchen waste to dispose of. It can be designed to be strategically located for both meal preparation and guests, but easily stowed out of sight (and smell) when conversations are taking place in the kitchen space. Drink or Serving Station In many of our kitchen remodels, we’ve had specific requests for dining room or “hutch” style cabinetry to allow guests to serve themselves coffee and drinks while being outside of the main cooking space. This can be as simple as a small section of countertop with well-placed outlets; or as elaborate as wine racks, mini refrigerators, and a bar sink to allow complicated drink preparation. When it comes to holiday hosting, there are lots of kitchen upgrades that can enhance and simplify your celebration.

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Dining Room Serving Station - above Open Shelving - below Oven & Convection Microwave - facing page Photos: Powell Construction


Holiday Decorating Tip from a Designer:

"In the Pacific Northwest, you can find décor in the beautiful outdoors! Fallen pinecones or branches make amazing (and free!) accents to your holiday pieces. I often make my own wreaths with foraged materials!" – Lindsay McFadden, Powell Construction

Heidi Powell co-owns and operates Powell Construction in Corvallis. Reach Heidi and her team at: (541) 752-0805 or learn more at www.powellconstruction.com Happy Holidays | www.willametteliving.com

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REAL ESTATE

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Ask Annette

Plan Ahead! By Annette Sievert

Where's My Stuff You Ask? Who Knows!? BY NOW YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THAT WE HAVE A SUPPLY ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY. Shelves are empty. Materials for repairs or replacements take months to be delivered. For instance, flex duct to replace ducting in a crawlspace takes 6 months (!) to be available. We recently ordered a new garage door. Estimated time for delivery? March of 2022. Seeing the pictures of cargo ships with tens of thousands of containers waiting to be received in ports, it seems hard to comprehend where this issue is coming from.

But regardless of why we have this problem, it is getting bigger and bigger every day. So, if you are planning to put your house on the market, thinking about getting a new kitchen, a new roof or a new HVAC system, see a repair coming or anything that will need material, do not delay the order.

closing and then order ASAP. Otherwise, you might close and then wait for months to get new carpet. Visit the appropriate outlets and call your trusted companies, ask what the lead times are and plan ahead, way ahead! Best of luck!

If you want to sell your house in spring and know there will be repairs or updates you want to complete prior to going on the market, order the work and the material now! If you are buying a house, try to get the trades-people in to prepare a bid before

If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each office is independently owned and operated. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

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Annette Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette, at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis 541-207-5551


YOUR FINANCES

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

On the Money

Combatting Inflation Threats in Retirement By Sten Carlson TODAY IT’S COMMON FOR AMERICANS TO SPEND TWO, THREE OR EVEN FOUR DECADES IN RETIREMENT. This means people have ample time to relax and achieve a bucket list of dreams. However, the flip side is that retirees need to ensure they have enough savings to last through their lifetime. One complicating factor is that inflation is a fact of life, and it can result in meaningfully higher expenses over time.

record. We may be a long way from seeing an extended period of high inflation like we had in the 1970s and 1980s, where inflation in the United States peaked at 13.5%. Since 1982, inflation has only been higher than 5% in one calendar year (1991) until now.2 While another decade-long inflation threat is unlikely, living costs in the near-term may continue to rise at a fast pace.

As you’ve likely seen in recent headlines, inflation rates are the highest they’ve been in many years. Living costs have risen 5% over the past 12 months ending in June, based on the Consumer Price Index 1 – significantly higher than the 1-2% annual increases we’ve gotten used to seeing over the past decade. Inflation creates challenges for all consumers, but it can be particularly difficult for those who are retired and living on a limited income. Higher inflation can throw off the assumptions for regular expenses reflected in your retirement plan. It’s unknown whether this uptick in living costs will persist, but you should prepare for the impacts of inflation regardless. Here are a few things to know and do: Keep it in perspective Today’s inflation rate of 5% is high by recent standards, but nowhere near a

Revisit your expenses If the cost of essential items, such as food, gas, plus the cost of discretionary expenses, such as travel, are busting your budget, you may need to explore ways to cut back. Can you buy food in bulk to save money? Should you reduce your casual driving to cut down on gas? Are there

1 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Consumer Price Index Summary,” July 13, 2021. 2 Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, “Consumer Price Index, 1913-,” 3 Based on total return data from Standard & Poor’s. 4 Based on the Consumer Price Index, Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 1991 through June 2021.

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 www.PacWestWealthPartners.com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

other discretionary expenses you can forego, at least for now? Addressing these questions today could prevent you from spending down your assets too quickly. Adjust your investments Is your portfolio properly positioned to keep pace with inflation? It may make sense to keep a portion of your assets invested in stocks. Over the past 30 years, the Standard & Poor’s 500, a benchmark of U.S. large cap stock market performance, gained, on average, more than 10% annually3, well above the 2.3% average annual inflation rate over that same period.4 Earning higher returns on money you may need 10 to 20 years in the future should help it grow sufficiently to meet inflated income needs at that time, but a large portion of your portfolio should still be invested more conservatively to protect it from market volatility. Look at other options to improve your position If you are experiencing financial strains as living costs rise, you may want to consider other options, such as a part-time job or consulting. Even in retirement, it is important to be flexible to react to changing circumstances that may affect even your best-laid plans. Be sure to check with your financial advisor to discuss your most attractive options to manage today’s inflation risks.

Sten Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000

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.

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STYLE GUIDE

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

The Haberdasher

It’s Engagement Season! Photo: Alex and Logan King on their wedding day at Yellow Gold Farm. Alex’s suit is from The Natty Dresser. Logan’s Dress from Merrime Bride & Soiree, Altered by Marisa Massingale of The Natty Dresser.

By Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher NEARLY 40% OF ALL ENGAGEMENTS HAPPEN FROM THE END OF NOVEMBER, THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY, WITH DECEMBER BEING THE MOST POPULAR MONTH FOR AN ENGAGEMENT BY FAR. If you don’t know someone who is planning to get married, you may soon. Once the engagement has been set it’s time for all of the planning to kick into gear. Something that many people don’t understand is the need for making appointments early, especially in times like these when supply chains are snapping all around us. Wedding professionals are predicting a jump in the number of weddings in 2022, the most in 40 years!

these two important appointments early, or you may find that you are left out in the cold.

Normally the ring is chosen first, followed generally by: the venue, the dress, the caterer, the DJ… Don’t forget to schedule

Purchasing an off the rack suit or tuxedo is a bit less time intensive, but you should still allow a month in case

Wedding Dress Alterations. Find the Alterations Tailor that you want to work with and contact them (even before you get your dress) about the how the timing looks for your upcoming schedule of appointments. Your Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire. If you are looking forward to a custom suit, plan to be at the shop at least 10 - 12 weeks in advance of your wedding.

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there are any shipping delays and/or alterations to be made. Renting? Get in as early as possible it will help to make sure you can get the items you want for your wedding. Two months prior at the latest. Advanced planning will help make sure that your wedding attire will come together seamlessly. For your wedding, as well as with all things in life… Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

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In The Garden

GARDENING

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The Christmas Flower By Brenda Powell

POINSETTIAS ARE ARGUABLY THE FLOWER MOST ASSOCIATED WITH CHRISTMAS. Amaryllis, holiday cactus and cut red roses may be favored by some but when the sea of red, pink, and white poinsettias arrive at the nursery, I can’t resist purchasing at least one or two. Some say that the star-shaped bracts on this native of Mexico are symbolic of the star of Bethlehem. Then there’s the legend of the poinsettia: a little girl, lacking money for a gift, picked weeds to take to church on Christmas Eve. When she placed them at the nativity scene, they transformed into beautiful red poinsettias. To me poinsettias are simply beautiful, colorful, traditional decorations. The colorful part is not the flower, it’s a “bract” or modified leaf. The true flower is the small yellow center of the red, pink, or white bract. The propagators continue breeding them and they are available in peach, burgundy, true pink, pure white, speckled, and with variegated leaves. Growers now use plant-safe spray paint to turn white bracts into “Fantasy” poinsettias in all sorts of unnatural colors. I must admit I’m fond of the turquoise ones!

Care: They look best the longest if they are in a sunny window at 55-70 degrees. Avoid placing them near heaters, drafts, or cold air vents. Poinsettias prefer to be lightly and evenly moist. Do not let them dry to the point of wilting but don’t overwater either. One grower stated it best, “If your plant feels heavy when you pick it up and the soil looks dark and moist on top, it does not need water. If it is light when you lift it and the soil looks light and dry on top, it needs water. If it is in-between those two extremes wait and check it again the next day.” Also, if the plant is in festive wrapping, sitting in a saucer or cachepot with no drainage, make sure to go back after watering and empty the water that has drained out. You do not need to fertilize them while they bloom. The gorgeous, large bracts we enjoy during the holidays are difficult to replicate but if you want to keep a poinsettia, cut it back in March or April to 4-6 inches. Water and fertilize as you would any other plant. They can rebloom if they receive 14 hours of continuous darkness a day between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Best wishes for healthy, happy gardening in 2022.

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

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HEALTH & FITNESS

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I am so grateful I realized after some study and practice, how our thoughts create our reality. I am so grateful I realized after some study and practice, how our thoughts create our reality.

By Kris Denning AS MUCH AS IT MIGHT SEEM FUN TO EAT TURKEY AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS PLUS PIE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, THAT IS NOT EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN BY THANKSGIVING THE WHOLE YEAR THROUGH. Obviously indulging to that extent on the daily wouldn’t be without consequences. And exhaustion!

Daily gratitude will help you attract more of what is working in your life. A gratitude journal is an excellent place to start. See if you can write down 5 things that you are thankful for each day. If journaling isn’t your thing, then say them out loud. Set a reminder up on your smartphone

Yet, there is a key component to Thanksgiving that we should be incorporating into our everyday routine. That is of Giving Thanks. It used to be, that I only thought about gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. But being thankful on the daily is something that can help improve our lives on every level. Gratitude is a high vibration thought, which induces a positive feeling in our bodies. Thereby improving our health on all levels. I’ve been in places and times in my life when it was difficult for me to think of something to be grateful for. Maybe that’s you right now. If so, that’s okay. Especially when times are difficult, our thoughts tend to reflect our current struggles and worries about the future. I know I’ve said this before in my articles here, but it’s always a worthwhile reminder that “what ever we dwell upon, grows”. This quote by Bryan Tracy has stuck with me as a reminder to check in with my thoughts. I ask myself, is what I am thinking about something that I want to have happen or to continue happening in my life?

your life that you love? Gratitude. Do you have shelter? Gratitude. Once the habit takes hold, life will seem sunnier. Warmer. When things happen that could be interpreted as bad or worrisome, you may find something to be thankful there. A traffic jam could be realized as a blessing if you believe it may be saving you from something that could have been problematic. A job you applied for and weren’t offered could now be seen as a way to keep you available for a better job that is yet to come. I grew up in a worried environment with hardships and hard times around most every corner. I am so grateful I realized after some study and practice, how our thoughts create our reality. Now that my thoughts are aligned with gratitude, hard times are fewer. And when they do arise, I am much better equipped to handle them because my mind won’t be so consumed with the worries, and I am better able to respond.

that goes off every single day at the same time, that just says ‘GRATITUDE’, and in the moment you see it pop up, think of something you are grateful for. Start simple. Did you wake up this morning? Then that is something to be thankful for. Is there someone or something in

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If we all celebrated Thanksgiving every day by giving thanks, the world would be a much better place. People would be happier and more fulfilled, spreading their positive energy on to one another and the entire planet. And that’s something to be thankful for.

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

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Holiday Stress Relief Tips

LOOKING GOOD

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

By Cheryl Lohman

LIGHTS WILL BE TWINKLING. Homes are about to be decorated with trees and greenery. Soon, everywhere you look you will see signs of the holidays -- but you may also be feeling burdened. Instead of appreciating the sparkle of the season, you're busy agonizing over how to shop for the perfect gifts, taking the kids or grandkids to every fun Christmas event and perfectly prepare your home for hosting guests. There's a lot to do every holiday season. But we're letting the stress and the "must dos" interfere with what's supposed to be a pleasant time for ourselves and our families. In a survey conducted by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress levels were "very or somewhat" higher during the holidays. Only 10 percent of people said they had no holiday-related stress! Reduce the stress and experience the joy and magic of the season by finding ways to minimize your workload and save time. Set priorities for your time. Decide as a family on one (okay, maybe two) events you'd like to make time for. Maybe that's Storybook Land or a holiday craft fair. Sprinkle in a holiday party or two and you'll be set. Minimize the "have tos" on your calendar. Not everything has to be homemade. If holiday baking is giving you more anxiety than delight, don't think twice about getting your goods from a local bakery. Not everyone must produce Pinterest-worthy Christmas cookies.

Consider ways to reduce the time you spend doing housework or getting ready for guests. For example, you could hire a cleaning service for the holidays. Simplify your personal self care routine. How can you always look great without spending lots of time? Permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color is a great solution. When you work with an experienced permanent cosmetic specialist, you'll ensure that the precise work of making you look beautiful day and night is done professionally. Many people don't know if permanent makeup is for them or they don't know how to get started. Permanent makeup is customized and personalized so it fits you and your look. It is essential to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. Now more than ever it’s important to look for an artist who will keep you safe. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Today, most professional permanent cosmetic artists are members of the world's leading, not-for-profit society devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism and safety. After permanent makeup — you’ll be among those with lower holiday stress and who enjoy a natural look that lasts a long time.

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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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Holiday Showcase at River Gallery During the months of November + December 2021, we invite you to our Holiday Showcase of Art. River Gallery has three rooms of festive fine to folk art for you to share with friends and loved ones for the holidays. Affordable original art is available from $5 and more to meet all of your holiday needs. We represent over 70 local artists in the Willamette Valley area. Enjoy shopping to create an artful home or include art selections to your holiday gift giving list. River Gallery is open Thursdays – Sundays from 12:00 (Noon) – 4:00 PM. 184 S. Main Street Independence, OR 97351 503-838-6171

UnWrapping Downtown Holiday Open House Come and stroll through Downtown Albany and vote for your favorite Christmas window display. A number of Downtown businesses will “Unwrap” their windows at 4pm and most will have live music, in-store specials and refreshments. This is the perfect event to get you and the entire family in the Holiday spirit! For more information contact the Albany Downtown Association. November 4 -- 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM For more info: 541-928-2469

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Natty Dresser Holiday Open House Join us on Thursday, November 4th for “UnWrapping Downtown” We will be Unwrapping our Christmas windows at 4pm and will have Live Music, a Hot Chocolate Bar, In-Store Specials and lots of fun until 8pm! 124 Broadalbin St SW Albany, OR 97321

Emma Downtown’s Magical Holiday Open House Join us for a magical evening as we unwrap our Holiday 2021 season. Your senses will be enchanted with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Holidays! This Holiday kick off event is such a fun way to get into the spirit! The shop will be filled with Holiday delight & amazing gift giving ideas! Oh, you’ll be sure to find the perfect thing to wear for the holidays as well! Preview Night – November 4th – 4-8pm Holiday Open House Continues… November 5th & 6th – 11am-5pm 422 First Ave West

Beehive Estate Sale Harvest new treasures at our November Beehive Sale! Home decor, furniture, kitchen gadgets, appliances, artwork, books, tools, bikes and more! November 5, 6 & 7 in the Timberhill Shopping Plaza, 2409 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330. Friday 8-2 p.m., Saturday 9-3, Sunday 9-1 Sunday is discount day! All items $45 and under are half off and others are discounted.

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CALL TO OREGON ARTISTS – Enter Currents Gallery’s Holiday Show! Attention Oregon artists! The holiday season is just around the corner. Currents Gallery in McMinnville invites you to submit your giftable art for the upcoming holiday show. • All Oregon artists who produce high quality, unique, hand-crafted items are invited to submit work. • Enter online or bring work in person to Currents Gallery between November 5-12, 2021. • Items judged to be of Gallery quality and affordable will be displayed. • There is NO jury fee. Regular Gallery commission of 50% will apply to all sales. For more information: www.currentsgallery.com 532 NE 3rd St. McMinnville, OR 97128

"HAVE AN ARTFUL HOLIDAY! The artists at Currents Gallery in McMinnville wish you a meaningful Holiday Season! Shopping locally for original art inspires the gift giver and the receiver. This time of year gives us the opportunity to feature new work by new artists as well as new work by the artists you have come to love. As always, the gallery presents


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Thanksgiving Weekend Private Wine Cellar Experience Enjoy a private, intimate and seated wine tasting for two to eight people in the Willamette Valley Vineyards Barrel Cellar. This 45-minute experience includes a guided selection of wines perfect for your upcoming holiday meals and celebrations, including a pour of our inaugural méthode champenoise Blanc de Blancs and an exclusive library wine.

Winter Wonderland Way Albany Parks & Recreation invites you to enjoy this magical holiday wonderland! Come see the lights and hear the sounds of the holiday seasons! We will have special gifts for all of the kids and fun things to see. Even Santa will be joining the fun!

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Price for Owners, Wine Club Members and their guests is $35 per person and includes a Riedel “Oregon Pinot” wine glass, $20 wine credit to use on your favorite wine of the day and a private cellar tasting hosted by a Winery Ambassador.

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