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It’s impossible to mention all there is to do in Los Angeles, but some popular highlights are: Home to America’s film industry, plan a visit to Universal Studios. Or visit Disneyland and meet the mouse in person! Visit any of LA’s stunning beaches, perhaps a trip to the Santa Monica Pier, visit the surf mecca of Malibu, or take in some local color at Venice beach. Tour Beverly Hills and keep your eyes peeled for any number of stars in their natural habitat! And certainly don’t miss the Hollywood Museum, and the walk of fame. Dining in Los Angeles is an international tour of some of the finest eateries. From five star, to five bucks, you’ll find anything and everything you’d like to eat.

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In This Issue

November + December 2023

Rudolph Jr.




Featured Artist Carol Chapel Willamette


The magazine for Oregon's Willamette Valley


Portland to Eugene & everything in-between!


Holiday Shopping


Donut Directory




16 Art in the Valley 24 The Bookshelf 26 City Gems 40 Day Tripper 70 Real Estate Update 71 Sten: On the Money 72 The Haberdasher 73 Gardening With Brenda 74 Looking Good 75 Kris on Health 76 Fitness Focus

On the Cover:

Jakob Two Trees is part of a project entitled, “NW Trolls: The Way of the Bird King” a new installation of six troll statues located in Oregon and Washington. Built of reclaimed wood, Jakob is the creation of Danish environmental artist Thomas Dambo, and is located near the Issaquah Community Center east of Seattle. Watch the January/February issue for more information and photos of all of the trolls.

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greenhouse which is set well back. The passenger area is generously

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dimensioned, partly due to the 0.87 inch longer wheelbase

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Lebanon, a trip to Portland's SE Division neighborhood, and even a roundup of some of the best donuts in the valley, she got the "hole" story, one might say.

We're making some changes for 2024... namely, more Willamette Living! We'll be splitting our normal May/June issue into May and June, and we're also splitting November/December into November and December. There's always a lot of "stuff" going on in the spring we need to bring you, so two spring magazines will be great. Then, later in the year, we're doing a dedicated food/Thanksgiving issue for November and then a bona fide holiday issue for December. We'll also be starting the voting online for our annual "Best of the Valley" contest earlier — in January. So if you're a local business owner, tell your people to get busy voting for you in January at

There's a little piece this time about Albany's Christmas Storybook Land, a local tradition that will celebrate its 47th year this year! Go pay them a visit, and donate to their good work.

In this issue, we're doing a little preview of next year's holiday issue with some local shopping suggestions which, in our digital issue, are clickable, and where the local retailer has a commerce-enabled website you will be taken right to the item to buy online. Shopping online, except local. Cool. This issue is also filled with holiday events taking place in the valley, so get the sweaters on and get out there and partake in a joyous holiday season with our neighbors!

Michelle at Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes shared her recipe for S'mores Cookie Bars, so if you're feeling the urge to do some holiday baking, this is a good place to start. They're a best seller at her bakery, and they're sure to be a hit at your house too! If cozying up by the fire with a good book is on your to-do list, local author William Cook sent us the scoop on his latest mystery Gallery of Gangsters. Check it out in our books section. And finally, there’s a whole story about the troll on this issue’s cover and his friends coming in the Jan/Feb issue. Elaine will fill us in. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us, and as always, thanks for reading Willamette Living.

Elaine has been busy hunting down uniquely local things for you to check out, this issue contains a day trip to

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"Gives off the sparks of a well-programmed Vegas act." - Oregon Arts Watch

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Spend Your Holidays at the Mansion with a Tribute to Liberace & Liza Minnelli, beginning November 11 through Christmas Eve HIGH-VOLTAGE VIRTUOSITY MEETS COMIC CHEMISTRY IN THIS UPROARIOUS TRIBUTE TO LIBERACE & LIZA MINNELLI. Liberace & Liza, played by local actors and musicians David Saffert & Jillian Snow, have schemed up a brand new show of songs and hijinks to welcome in the holidays. Liberace’s mansion, located in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage, will be filled with an outlandish affair full of candelabras, mistletoe and the neon glow from the Las Vegas Strip. Joining in the mayhem is a band led by the real Liberace’s music director of 13 years, Bo Ayars. Don those sequins and get ready to party as Liberace & Liza entertain with their own unique twist on the holiday season, November 11 through December 24. Tickets are on sale now, including sliding scale tickets for BIPOC affinity night, a.k.a. The People’s Party, on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. “Saffert has devoted serious time to developing piano skills that rival Liberace’s. He didn’t just impersonate the pianist, he really embodied his whole spirit." - San Francisco Chronicle David Saffert, like Liberace, is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin. He has been seen on stage in sketch comedy, improv, solo piano concerts, and in his very own music & comedy variety shows. David has worked as a pianist (sans sequins) with such organizations as the Guthrie Theater (MN), Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage and the Interlo-

chen Arts Camp. Some of David’s favorite Liberace tribute highlights have been at 54 Below (NY), Feinstein’s at the Nikko (CA), Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael (IN), eSPACE King Edward (Calgary, AB), The Underground (MN), Portland Center Stage, Broadway Rose Theatre & CoHo Theatre (OR), and on All Classical Portland radio's live broadcasts of Thursday's @ 3. He appeared as the featured guest on two Under the Vegas Sun television episodes which were filmed at the Liberace Mansion in Las Vegas. “I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Liberace played like that other than the last time I heard Liberace play like that” -Steve Schorr; Host of VegasLifeTV’s Under the Vegas Sun Jillian Snow has been traveling across the country for almost a decade as a professional Liza Minnelli tribute artist. After graduating performing arts college in New York City, the singer/actor/comedienne started showcasing Liza throughout the city before bringing her big voice home to Portland Oregon. Snow delights audiences with a diverse repertoire of famous female voices for whom she idolizes, and sometimes even her own. She currently tours with her company “In Sequins Productions” in the show Liberace and Liza: A Tribute that she co-created with David Saffert and is conducted by Liberace’s former music director Bo Ayars. Her most recent credits have been at venues such as 54 Below (NY), Feinstein’s at the Nikko (CA), Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmi-

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chael (IN), The Old Church (OR), Broadway Rose (OR), Newmark Theatre (OR), and is very excited to be performing at Portland Center Stage (OR) this holiday season! “At the urging of the audience, Harris delivered one last performance — her version of Minnelli’s version of ‘Toxic.’ The moment was a surreal yet oddly perfect number that somehow brought us all full circle.” - San Francisco Chronicle David and Jillian, along with Liberace’s longtime musical director, Bo Ayars, are joined by a spectacular creative team, including Associate Artistic Director Chip Miller. Scenic designer Tyler Buswell brings Liberace’s Moroccan Room to life in the Ellyn Bye Studio, accented by the neon lights of Vegas created by the ultra-talented Lighting Designer Joel Ferraro. The dulcet tones of Liberace and Liza will be enhanced by Sound Designer Sammi Kelly, along with fellow musicians Amy Roesler and Kurt Deutscher, and special guests are bound to show up throughout for this joyful holiday-cabaret extravaganza with upbeat tunes, mystery audience presents and lasagna! "Gives off the sparks of a well-programmed Vegas act." - Oregon Arts Watch For more information on Liberace & Liza, A Tribute, please visit For more information on the Portland Center Stage production this

winter, please visit Piano Bar with Courtney Freed and Liberace & Liza’s David Saffert Sun, Oct 22, 2023, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. • FREE


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Are you ready for your time to SHINE? Join this monthly event with local songstress Courtney Freed and Portland-based pianist David Saffert (yes, the same person playing Liberace in the show!) as they host a good old-fashioned PIANO BAR. You are invited to sing your favorite tune, open mic style (bring sheet music), or sit back and enjoy the talent and a delightful glass of wine with friends. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience this musical magic at PCS every month. Don't forget to tip your hosts and bar staff throughout this free show! THE CAST Liberace will be played by musician and performer extraordinaire David Saffert, and Liza Minnelli will be brought to life by Jillian Snow. Both actors are Portland locals and have been seen throughout Portland’s creative community. The show will also feature special guests. THE CREATIVE TEAM Created and performed by David Saffert and Jillian Snow; Music Director Bo Ayars; Associate Artistic Director Chip Miller; Scenic Designer Tyler Buswell; Lighting Designer Joel Ferraro; Sound Designer Sammi Kelly; Musicians Amy Roseler and Kurt Deutcher; Stage Manager Janine Vanderhoff; and Assistant Stage Manager Alea Tran. TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION When: November 11 through December 24, 2023 Pay What You Will Performances: Sunday, November 12 and Wednesday, December 29. The People’s Party: BIPOC Affinity Night: Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Where On the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Oregon. To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $93, and tickets may be purchased at 503-445-3700 or in-person from the box office. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change. Ticket Specials: Visit to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty, Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more. Please Note: This production is recommended for ages 13 and up. It contains mature themes and language. Accessibility: Learn about accessibility options at PORTLAND CENTER STAGE The Portland Center Stage 2023-24 Season is funded in part by Season Superstars Ronni LaCroute, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council; Season Supporting Sponsors Ray and Bobbi Davis, and US Bank; Producing Sponsors Ellyn Bye, Mark Spencer, Argyle Winery, and Deschutes Brewery; and Guardian of the Arts Sponsor, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the state of Oregon. Liberace and Liza is supported by The Watermark at the Pearl. Additional program sponsors are the Brown-Forman Company, Multnomah Whiskey Library and NW Natural.

November 17th to December 9th Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields Directed by Susan Schoaps “I propose putting your rational mind into sleep mode, the better to savor tickling images of order-inverting bizarreness, straight out of Dada, in which suddenly nothing is in its customary place or being used for its customary purpose. There’s a wild, redeeming poetry in such anarchy.” --The Daily Beast SPONSORED BY FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF LYNDSEY FIELDS HOUSER


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Art in the Mid-Valley Art can be a wonderful holiday gift that will last for years. Locally we have some great options for purchasing art, from popup sales to seasonal storefronts. Please support our local creative community by shopping in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Here is a short list of places to shop for the holidays in Corvallis:

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wood, mixed media, and paper, as well as ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and photography. Each year TEAL makes a charitable donation earmarked for art education from a portion of its annual gallery proceeds. This year’s recipient will be Bessie Coleman Elementary School in Corvallis. As one of the TEAL artists I invite you to join us at the reception on November 10th from 6 to 8pm. Go to for more information. The Arts Center in Corvallis celebrates the season of gift giving with a special pop-up art sale in the main gallery. Eleven local artists will share a selection of works curated especially for gift-giving. They will also be on hand at an Artist Reception for you to meet and learn more about their techniques. Additionally, all of the ArtShop artists have been invited to bring in new works for the holidays. Sale hours are noon to 5pm on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, with a reception on Friday from 5pm to 7pm.

The TEAL Artist Coop has opened its seasonal store at 328 SW 2nd St. in Downtown Corvallis. Every October, the team of artists transforms an otherwise vacant storefront into a colorful gallery offering unique gifts, hand-made in the Willamette Valley. The store will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6pm, Sunday from noon to 5pm, through December 28th. This year 22 artists are participating in TEAL, and the gallery, staffed by the artists themselves, will sell fine works of fiber, leather, glass, metal,


The OSU College of Forestry Holiday Art & Craft Fair will be held on Friday, December 8th from 10am to 6pm and Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 4pm. Held at the new Peavy Forest Science Center and Richardson Hall, OSU, all proceeds from the show will benefit Rootstock, the College of Forestry's in-house food pantry for students. Event questions? Contact The relationship between humans and nature is a frequently explored theme

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by artists. Some Things Are True, an exhibition featuring PNW artists Joe Batt and Nancy Watterson Scharf, asks us to consider our connection to the world from the animals’ point of view. Join us in The Arts Center’s Main Gallery and experience an enchanted space filled with lush landscapes, persevering plants, and hares who can accomplish anything.

Into the Current, Joe Batt Joe Batt’s hares series is an ongoing exploration of innocence, endurance, our relationships with each other, and with the natural world. His narrative pieces combine a dreamlike sensibility with stylized-naturalistic forms. Figures and mixed media are mainstays of his approach to clay sculpture. Batt handbuilds with stoneware clay and adds colored pencils or pastels after the firing. Sometimes there is a smoke-firing step before color is added. As a result of his experiences outside in recent years, bears and fish are starting to make appearances in his work, and he welcomes this challenge.


Pilgrims Progress, Nancy Scharf Nancy Watterson Scharf creates paintings about divergent perceptions of the familiar, and explores the perceptual limitations that make us ghosts to one another. For over a decade, her work has focused on the humble and industrious plants and animals who share space and resources with her. “I think a lot about how I share my everyday life with nature, and I am curious about what the habitats I experience look like from the plants and animals’ point of view” Scharf says. “This exhibition is essentially a record of part of my journey into this mutual world where humans, plants and animals exist side by side and occupy each other’s reality.” This show runs from November 16th to December 30th, with an artist reception on November 16th from 5:30 to 7pm. It is not too early to think about the annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community Open which opens at The Arts Center on January 16th, 2024. This event is an opportunity for everyone in the community to exhibit artwork in the main gallery at The Arts Center. Artists of all ages and experience levels, especially those just starting their creative practice, are encouraged to bring one original work of art to display. Online Registration is open November 1, 2023 – January 11, 2024. If possible, please register online so the installation crew can anticipate your needs. Be sure and visit for important registration details. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 to 2:30pm and the show ends on February 29th. The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is a grass-roots art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Downtown Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art-related event or demonstration. You can pick up walking maps of the event at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis. Artist Quote of the month: “Create with the heart; build with the mind” - Criss Jami

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR The Majestic Theatre December 15, 16 at 7 PM December 16, 17* at 3 PM *ASL Interpretation December 17th Tickets: $13 - $16 MAJESTIC THEATRE SUPERVISOR CHRISTEL BIRDWELL: This year we are interested in bringing more youth programming to the theatre. Postpandemic, we have seen a dramatic drop in productions proposed by volunteer directors that include youth, while simultaneously hearing from our community of an increased need for youth opportunities in the performing arts. We are looking to build up a robust, affordable youth program that spans elementary through high school with opportunities to expand youth skills both onstage and backstage, increasing confidence, providing outlets for creative expression, and giving young people a firm foundation in the theater arts. Theater also provides technical skills that serve youth well all their lives. Exposing youth to the arts can be lifechanging! MAJESTIC THEATRE YOUTH PROGRAM (MTYP) INSTRUCTOR/MUSICAL DIRECTOR JULIE KAHN: Who doesn't feel a surge of Christmas Spirit when they hear the old familiar song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? That song has been delighting children and adults since 1949, and the Rudolph holiday TV special has been entertaining audiences, all cozy on their couches with their hot cocoa and candy canes, since 1964! The fond memories many of us on the MTYP creative team have of gathering with our families each Christmas to watch

Rudolph inspired us to choose Rudolph Jr, for our fall production. It has been so much fun at rehearsals to sing Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver and Gold, and all those wonderful songs again and to share them with a younger generation who may not be as familiar with them. Not only is the music cheerful and fun, but the story of Rudolph is also timeless. Rudolph and his friend Hermey are different. They feel they are misfits, and don’t fit in. Don't all of us feel that way at least occasionally? In the end, we all realize that everyone has something important to contribute, and it is our differences that allow us to overcome life's challenges and accomplish great things! Rehearsing for the show has made all of us eager for the holiday season to arrive! We hope that our production of Rudolph Jr. will bring Christmas magic to our audiences and help complete their Christmas experience this year! FROM MAJESTIC THEATRE YOUTH PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR/DIRECTOR CHUCK SKINNER: Sports are important! There are so many sports programs in Corvallis. Plenty of gyms, even a swimming center, however, what about programs for the arts? Especially drama? I entertained these questions after assisting with a successful Majestic


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Theatre Summer Camp back in 2015. At that time, we knew that Corvallis was starved for drama camps. Corvallis High School has had a very successful, annual drama skills camp that ends in June, so we did not want to interfere with that program. After all, we want all students to nurture drama, so we created the annual Majestic Theatre summer camp in July. The summer camp has been so successful, last year we had over 70 students aged 9 to 15 audition for Beauty and the Beast, our 8th consecutive summer camp. A huge improvement to the 25 summer camp auditioners back in 2015. So, we knew that Drama was important to the families in Corvallis. So successful that we continued for the past eight years including the COVID-19 years, which has led to the formation of The Majestic Theatre Youth Program. The Majestic Theatre Youth Program is vital to the Corvallis community as it allows for after-school activity that is not just sports. After-school drama allows drama kids aged 9 to 15 the opportunity to perform. We are currently producing the Christmas Show for the Majestic Theatre: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and after just two weeks, our 18 participants have rehearsed themselves into a high-standard production. Our season will continue in the Winter with Murder on the 518 and then perform three different performances in our tentative Spring production of The Three Musketeers. Without the Majestic Theatre, how would the children of Corvallis nurture their artistic drama abilities? Such questions keep me working for the Majestic Theatre allowing me to develop high-standard children's theatre.



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FEATURED ARTIST CHILDREN KNOW THINGS. AND PREDICT THE FUTURE IF WE WILL LISTEN. When I was in kindergarten in Tulsa, Oklahoma the item that caught my eye and I wanted to “play” with the most was one of those easels with the roll paper at the top and big jars of tempera paint in a tray below. The only problem was that I had to share it with all those other 5-year-olds. A year or so later, moving with my parents from Tulsa to Wichita, Kansas, I left that easel behind. Throughout school however, the art classes were always the most attractive. After high school I remained in Wichita for college. At Wichita State I was a painting major. With my minor in printmaking, I studied with David Bernard. I was a member of Bottega Gallery. To pay for college I worked at the Wichita Art Museum. As is the case with most 20 somethings the larger world called. Mexico. California. Back to Kansas. Back to California. Still holding that vision of painting, I hovered around anything that even vaguely leaned toward art. I worked in a commercial print shop acquiring skills that would later serve me well. I did free-lance illustration and copy writing. I worked for the Forest Service; earning money to support my need to paint. Through marriage and divorce and another move, this time to Oregon, the easel was calling. Then when there was a child to support, and wanting to be home when the school bus came, I started Watermark Signs where I painted signs and did general advertising. The tag line was “Where Fine Art and Advertising Collide”. When my son was fully grown and I no longer needed to be regulated by the school bus schedule I converted the sign shop into a painting studio and moved an etching press in to share the space with the easel.

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I still live here in rural Western Oregon, now with my husband, Harry Lehman, our 2 dogs, a flock of sheep, a garden and fruit trees. That 10 acres is my muse. I can walk right out the door and be at the easel all to myself. The kindergarten dream come true. My work is currently in The Art About Agriculture Touring exhibit.

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I have exhibited at: Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, Oregon Guardino’s Gallery, Portland, Oregon Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis La Sells Stuart Center, Oregon State University My work is in the permanent collections of: Oregon State University Oregon Historical Society Western Oregon University Spring Creek Project Shot Pouch

Man in the Red Shirt My paintings, hand-pulled prints and drawings are at: River Gallery in Independence My studio is by appointment. Red Shoulder

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Fun Traditions & Facts CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR JOY, CELEBRATION, AND CHERISHED TRADITIONS. While many of us are familiar with the classic customs, there's a quirky and whimsical side to the holiday season that often goes unnoticed. Join us as we unwrap some of the delightful and unexpected Christmas traditions and facts that add a unique flair to this festive time of year.

CHRISTMAS PICKLES: Ever heard of the Christmas pickle ornament? In some parts of the United States, families hang a pickle-shaped ornament on the Christmas tree. The first child to find the "Christmas pickle" on Christmas morning receives an extra gift or is said to have good luck for the coming year. This tradition is believed to have German roots but is mainly embraced by Americans.


In Iceland, there's a feline creature known as the "Yule Cat" that's said to roam the countryside during the holiday season. Legend has it that the Yule Cat will eat anyone who hasn't received new clothes before Christmas Eve. This quirky tradition encourages the giving of warm clothing as gifts to protect loved ones from the Yule Cat's hunger.


In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has become an essential part of Christmas for many families. Thanks to a clever marketing campaign in the 1970s, KFC became associated with the holiday season. Japanese families often order KFC for Christmas dinner, and pre-ordering special Christmas-themed buckets is a common practice.

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CATALONIA'S POOPING LOG: In Catalonia, Spain, they have a rather unusual Christmas character called "Caga Tió" or the "Pooping Log." A wooden log is painted with a smiling face and stands on four stick legs. Children "feed" the log treats in the days leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, they beat the log with sticks while singing a traditional song, and the log "poops" small gifts and candies. It's a quirky yet beloved tradition.


In parts of Austria and Bavaria, the night before St. Nicholas' Day, people are visited by the fearsome Krampus. Dressed as a devilish figure with horns and fur, Krampus punishes naughty children and is often seen chasing them through the streets with a bundle of birch branches. He serves as a counterpart to St. Nicholas, who rewards the good kids.


In Estonia, Christmas Eve is often celebrated with a visit to the sauna. Families gather for a warm and relaxing sauna session to cleanse themselves physically and spiritually before the holiday. This unique tradition is a wonderful way to unwind and bond with loved ones during the busy season.


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Ukrainian Christmas trees are adorned with an unusual yet charming decoration - spider webs. According to folklore, a poor widow once found a spider in her tree, and the spider turned its web into silver and gold threads, transforming her life. To honor this story, many Ukrainian families incorporate delicate spider web decorations on their Christmas trees.

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In some Welsh communities, a tradition called "Mari Lwyd" involves a person hidden under a white sheet adorned with ribbons and bells, parading around the village. This quirky custom involves rhyming challenges between the Mari Lwyd party and the residents they visit, often accompanied by merrymaking and singing.

These quirky Christmas traditions and facts serve as a reminder that the holiday season is a time of creativity, humor, and cultural diversity. While we cherish our classic customs, it's these whimsical and unexpected practices that add a touch of magic and merriment to our Christmas celebrations. So, this year, why not try something a little out of the ordinary and create your very own quirky Christmas memory?

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Foster by Claire Keegan An Irish child taken by her father to live with relatives on a farm finds the love and affection she never knew before and begins to thrive in the internationally bestselling novel now available as a standalone book. (Fiction)

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas Seeking oblivion in nightclubs in the aftermath of a shattering loss, half-fae Bryce is unwittingly dragged into a murder investigation at the side of a Fallen angel. By the best-selling author of the Throne of Glass series. (Fiction)


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Horse by Geraldine Brooks A scientist from Australia and a Nigerian-American art historian become connected by their shared interest in a 19th century race horse, one studying its remains, the other uncovering the history of the Black horsemen who were critical to its success. (Fiction)

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks--beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola--describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind's adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization. (Nonfiction)

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How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston Drawn from more than 30 years of living and redefining blackness, an editor at The Onion presents this tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for and like. (Nonfiction)

I am Smoke by Henry Herz In this picture book, smoke itself acts as narrator, telling us how it has served humankind since prehistoric times in signaling, beekeeping, curing and flavoring food, religious rites, fumigating insects, and myriad other ways. (Children’s Picture Book)


In Every Life by Marla Frazee Powerful and profound, this visually stunning picture book celebrates the moments, feelings and experiences, both big and small, that make up a life. (Children’s Picture Book) Lawn Boy: A Novel by Jonathan Evison Faced by a life of menial prospects in the years after high school, Mike Muñoz, a young MexicanAmerican, attempts over and over to change his life for the better and achieve the American dream, only to be stymied by social-class distinctions and cultural discrimination. By the author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. (Fiction)

LOCAL AUTHOR Gallery of Gangsters: A Driftwood Mystery A young woman working for a high-end art auction house runs afoul of a global moneylaundering conspiracy and becomes the target of a ruthless female assassin.

About the Author William Cook moved to Oregon from the East Coast in 1989. He is the author of the Driftwood Mysteries series and three collections of short Stories.

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson When her library is threatened with closure, June Hones, to save the place and the books that mean so much to her, must make some changes to her solitary life by opening her heart to the world around her and fighting for what she believes in. (Fiction)


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Text & Photos by Elaine Rea nce lined with turn-of-thecentury craftsman bungalows, Portland’s SE Division has been transformed to include mixed-use condos with street-level retail shops and restaurants. Some of the classic, original buildings still remain and new or old, the style is ontrend and the dining options are terrific. Division Street runs parallel to SE Powell Boulevard nine blocks to the south, and SE Hawthorne Boulevard 11 blocks to the north, and at its west end, borders Ladd’s Addition, a residential neighborhood first platted in 1891. One area hotspot (not technically on Division, but close) is the Clinton Street Theater (https://cstpdx. com/), a 1914 movie house best known for showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” weekly since 1978!

Must See Mt. Tabor Park SE 60th Ave and Salmon Street Mt. Tabor is an extinct volcanic cinder cone and home to several vintage, City of Portland water reservoirs. It is a busy, day-use park with trails, sports courts, playgrounds, and horseshoe pits and provides some of the best, expansive views of Downtown Portland to the west and Mt. Hood to the east. The park hosts the annual Adult Soapbox Derby (https://www., an all-volunteer event of 42 competing teams racing hand-built, gravity cars at speeds reaching 50 mph.

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The Division Inns The Division Inns are two, vintage guesthouses, Bluebird and Evermore, conveniently located on this walkable street. Not your typical urban lodgings, you can stay in a cozy room with private bath and have free use of the kitchen, laundry facilities, and a continental breakfast.

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Flying Cat Coffee 3041 SE Division Street The cat-themed interior is like an overstuffed, living room chair…comfy…the perfect place to eat a “Breakfast Purrito”. They serve Nossa Familia coffee and baked goods from Henry Higgins and Shoefly Vegan bakeries. In addition to the usual espresso offerings, the owner has created his own menu of specialty coffee drinks: French Toast or Black Licorice lattes, anyone?

EXPLORE Oma’s Hideaway 3131 SE Division Street Named in homage to the owner’s late Oma, they serve SE Asian-inspired street food. The restaurant has your choice of a lively, plant-filled, indoor dining area or outdoor, sidewalk booths (and great people-watching at no extra charge). Their bar menu features cocktails including zero-proof alcohol options, slushies, beer, and wine. We ordered the Roti Canai; a flaky Malaysian flatbread with a brightly-flavored parsnip and pumpkin curry on the side…amazing!

Lauretta Jean's Pie Bakery 3402 SE Division Street Find the striped awning and you will find the best pie around; delicious from fillings to crust. The bakery cases are brimming with savory and sweet selections that can be purchased by the slice or the whole pie. Not surprisingly, the streetside tables are often full with a line of pie-lovers winding out of the shop’s door. It was difficult to decide but we chose Strawberry Rhubarb pie and loved every bite.

Ship John 4310 SE Division Street

Must Shop Zahara Boutique 3100 SE Division Street

Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden Lawless Barbecue 3412 SE Division Street In the front yard of the old house is a huge tree that provides cover for Little Beast’s year-round beer garden. All of the beers on tap are small-batch brewed at their Clackamas facility. The kitchen is operated by Lawless Barbecue and their KC-style menu pairs well with the local beers. Lawless has become a favorite stop on the Portland barbecue map and while their 13-hour Pulled Pork is a popular favorite, we went for the Brisket Nachos and left full and happy. Zahara carries stylish, casual everyday-wear, with many items designed locally and manufactured under Zahara’s private label by small vendors in Thailand. The shop is beautifully curated with women’s apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Zahara’s local owners support fair trade and ethical business practices with their Thai suppliers and sponsor a non-profit in Phuket that educates underprivileged children. Ship John sells “stuff that holds up”; leather goods, work wear, bags, and boots. Everything is made in the USA and many of their products are made in-house of high-quality materials from solid designs. Their signature heavy-waxed twill “Wills Jacket” is made by special order with a “beefy” double zipper and “sturdy” lining that keeps the wearer warm for years to come. (As of this writing the jacket reservations list is closed. Check their website for future availability).

Fumerie Parfumerie 3584 SE Division Street

World Famous Original 4831 SE Division Street Fumerie opened in 2015 and is home to fragrances found nowhere else in town. All of their products come from independently-owned brands and their industry experience has made them a destination for perfumers from all over. Their expert staff do free, walk-in consultations to assist shoppers in finding just the right scents. They also offer consultation services online. This colorful shop is a rare find. Relocated from Los Angeles two years ago, World Famous Original does custom, chain stitch embroidery, a decades-old style with an on-trend update. They support small artist brands that are humorous and cheeky; nods to pop culture with stickers, cards, pins, and patches. It is both a trip back to the past and a step into modern day.



Holiday Events & Going’s On In the Willamette Valley

From Anne at Stay Awhile Vintage Antiques and Mercantile Downtown Albany First Friday's. We participate by extending our shopping hours till 7pm on the first Friday of each month. From Nicole at The Clothes Tree We’ll be hosting non-profits for free holiday gift wrapping in the store. Come down and meet some of our local people who do great work to support the community, hear about their organizations, and if you're inspired, donate, or get involved! From Teresa at Burlap and Lace We’ve got our store decorated to the hilt for your holiday fun! Come and get a photo with Santa! We’ve been good all year too, so do a little shopping while you’re here! From Lainey at Goat Yoga in Monroe Goats & Glass: 2 events on the 3rd and 17th

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Plaid Friday - November 24, 2023 10am - 5pm The big box stores can have their black friday, come wearing plaid and shop our Natty in-store specials. Free gift with purchase.

From Oscar and Tamalynne at the Natty Dresser Albany and Natty Dresser Events: UnWrapping Downtown Thursday November 2, 4pm 8pm Christmas window unveiling, Holiday Open House and our annual spiked hot chocolate bar! November First Friday Friday November 3, 5pm - 7pm Live Music with Chintimini Brass Band, in-store specials and our annual spiked hot chocolate bar International Men's Day Suit Giveaway November 19, 2023 Nominate your favorite Local man for a chance at winning him a Natty new suit! Applications available on our website:

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Thanksgiving Day - Closed Thursday November 23, 2023 Take time to celebrate God's goodness with family and friends.

Shop Small Saturday November 25, 2023 10am - 5pm A Natty holiday shopping tradition dedicated to supporting your favorite locally owned businesses. In-Store Made in America specials December First Friday - Friday December 1, 2023 5pm - 7pm Live Music with The Chris Ward Trio in-store specials and our annual spiked hot chocolate bar Twice Around Downtown Christmas Parade (and Tree Lighting) - 5pm rain or shine. The parade includes community groups, schools, businesses and Santa!

Bûche De Noël (Yule Log) Order yours from Trinidad and Chef Didier at Le Patissier in Corvallis!

The parade route starts at the corner of Broadalbin Street and 1st Avenue.

talents, artisans, creators and wordsmiths, each more astounding than the last!

After the parade, stay for the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Witness, with your very own eyes, the magic of hand-crafted artworks, and the bewitching allure of tattoo arts, each telling tales more fantastic, more enchanting, more electrifying than any you've ever laid eyes on.

Hosted by the Albany Downtown Association. See their website for the full parade route. First Day of Winter Sweater Sale December 21 10am - 5pm This is a great day to grab a sweet deal on a Natty sweater. Limited to stock on hand. All sales are final. Christmas Closure December 25 - January 1st We will be closed to put away Christmas and get ready for the New year We will see you when we re-open on January 2, 2024 From Adrienne and Mark at The Conundrum House Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! Prepare to be dazzled and amazed as the Conundrum House "Creators & Artisans Showcase & Marketplace" unfurls its curtains, revealing a cavalcade of 18 spectacular

For our tabletop game aficionados, have we got a treat for you! Direct from the minds of the most ingenious game developers, be the first to experience adventures so thrilling, so unexpected, so jaw-dropping, they will leave even the most seasoned gamer in awe. Truly, the ideal items to procure as holiday treasures for your loved ones! Marvel at the craftsmanship of costume makers, who, with a flick of their nimble fingers, create garments that transport you to lands of fantasy and whimsy. Witness our fiction authors, before your very eyes, spinning tales more captivating, enrapturing and enthralling than any trapeze act you'll ever see!

Don't be shy! Step right up and immerse yourself in the greatest holiday marketplace in the Valley. Whether you come for the thrill of it all, or seeking the perfect game to gift, Conundrum House’ Marketplace promises an experience you'll never forget! Two Saturdays, November 18 and December 9th - Noon to 8 p.m. Conundrum House, 460 SW Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downtown Corvallis Details revealed at: From Michelle at Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes We are having cake decorating classes on the following dates 11/15 at 4:30 12/9 at 11:00 and 2:30 We will provide everything that is needed, the cost is $125 generally last one and a half hours to two hours and one cake for two people.



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Christmas Storybook Land STARTED BY THREE ALBANY FAMILIES TO ENTERTAIN THEIR KIDS BACK IN 1976, WE HAVE GROWN INTO AN ENORMOUS INDOOR CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND DISPLAYING OVER 145 SCENES INCLUDING CHARACTERS FROM MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES AND CHILDREN’S FAIRY TALES. And now, changing with the times, characters from popular family movies and animated characters, as well as popular local cultural events are being added. Local pop culture events portrayed include the Albany Historical Carousel, Albany Northwest Art & Air Festival, and Corvallis Knights Baseball Team Mascots. We are a non-profit corporation and are not affiliated with any church, civic, or social organization. Although admission is FREE to everyone, visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of commercially packaged food for distribution by our local food pantry, Fish of Albany. In 2022 over 33,300 people visited during the two-week season and these generous visitors donated 26,200 food items. Fun for the Whole Family! Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus – take pictures! Get FREE candy cane for the kids See THREE model train displays Be surprised by roaming costumed kids Enjoy 145 scenes in 40,000 sq. ft. layout

Four Special Events! Seniors, Veterans and Special Needs Day Dec. 4th, Schedule Groups at Includes a gift and chocolates from Santa!

An Albany Tradition

Children’s Day Tours Dec. 5 – 8, Schedule groups at: Kids in scheduled groups get a FREE book! Star Wars Oregon Characters Visit Saturday, Dec. 9th, 12 – 3 PM Take pictures with characters! Magical Friends Visit Sunday Dec. 3rd, 10AM to 3PM See your favorite costumed characters, photos welcome! How you can help To continue to bring Christmas Storybook Land to the community each year, we rely on donations to keep the event going. Monetary Donations All monetary donations are tax deductible. You can drop off monetary donations in our collection boxes during our twoweek event or donate immediately with a credit card using the donate button on our website home page. Sponsor a Scene Individuals and businesses may sponsor our created scenes for an annual sponsorship payment. See our website for sponsorship benefits and contact us to be placed on the potential scene sponsorship list to be called when scenes are available. Volunteers Needed Hundreds of Santa helpers are needed from the middle of November to mid-December. It takes 2 weeks to get set up and 2 weeks to present to the public. See our website for all the volunteer opportunities and sign up.

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Christmas Stor ybook Land’s 47th Year Pres entation Dec. 2 – 16 , 20 23 Saturday – Sund ay: 10AM – 8PM Monday – Thur sday: 6 – 8 PM Friday: 2:00 – 8:00 PM Linn County Fa ir & Expo Cent er, 3700 Knox Bu tte Rd. Albany , OR


Franck Symphony D minor Mel Bonis – Femmes de Legend (Three Legendary Women) Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe, Second Suite

Holiday Favorites with OSU Choir

Guest Conductor: David Hattner conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Guest Conductors:Marlan Carlson, past Corvallis-OSU Symphony conductor Dr. Steven Zielke and Sandra Babb, OSU CLA

Sunday, November 19, 2023 • 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 19, 2023 • 7:30 p.m.

All seating reserved Ticket information at High school/college students free with ID Willamette Living half page - 7.4 wide by 4.7 tall

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Please contact the Symphony Office to make accessible seating arrangements, preferably one week in advance, at or 541.286.5580.





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Thursday, November 23, 8:00am Join us Thanksgiving morning for a 5K & 10K and Little Gobblers 1K at Crystal Lake Sports Field!

The early bird t! gets the discoun Runners, walkers, kids in strollers and dogs on leashes are all welcome.

Registration is open!

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Fine art Puzzles Monet’s Sailboats on the Seine: $22.95

HotSox, Mens and Womens $9 to $14

Music Boxes: Turn the little crank for the Pink Panther theme, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday and more! $8.95

Fiestaware Bistro Bowls: $11.99 Vitamix: The original, and the best. Power through your smoothies, Margaritas, and creamy soups! $499

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Quality, German Professional Knives You don’t have to be a professional to want some of these! Various prices.

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We have a large selection of small gifts for the holidays every third Sunday, we invite you to join us to sketch at the gallery

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What's Going on at River Gallery?

Ceramics, Gerry Brehm


e are headed toward a busy time of year! It’s fun to anticipate traditional preparations as well as beginning new ones. River Gallery can assist you in finding special and unique gifts for your loved ones. Stop by the gallery to view our display of art created by about 70 local artists!

Holiday/Window Show We will begin our Holiday/Window Show in early November. Our window display will tempt you with some gift ideas. Pop into River Gallery to view a diverse variety of artistic and whimsical gift options. Associate and Partner Artists Miniature Exhibit Partners and Associate Artists will enhance our gallery walls with miniature artworks which are 12”x12” or smaller. There will be small ceramics, glass and wall art to meet your desires. Come in to see our artists imaginative visions!

The Time Between (Summer Solstice 3), Carol Chapel

Happy Holidays!

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Pinot II, Becki Hesedahl

Pam Serra-Wenz

River Gallery 184 S. Main Street Independence, Oregon 97351 503-838-6171 Thursday - Sundays from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Harris Bridge, 21 by 30 inches, Giclee Print

Gallery Michael Gibbons, 140 NE Alder St. Toledo, OR 97391 Call: 541-336-2797 | eMail: Open: Thursday through Sunday Noon to 4PM



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Beautiful engraved pocket knives Whether you choose the mirror-finish or the matte grey titanium, the minimalist lines and thin blade allow for the perfect cut- each and every time, with an elegant silhouette to envy.

Pendleton Travel Mug $39.50 and Thermos Bottle $59.50. These Stanley Thermos / Pendleton collaboration products are clothed in Pendleton's classic Rob Roy red & black check. Perfect for your daily commute, or to fill with hot cocoa for a winter adventure.

Survival Belt $189 This cut to fit belt features a batman like utility buckle with a knife, fire starter, flashlight and bottle opener.

Globe Decanter Set $75.00 The perfect addition to any man's study. This classy decanter set features a frosted map of the world and a warm dark wood display stand.

Natty Dresser Gift Certificate Any amount. The perfect gift for that guy that is hard to buy for. Ask about including a Natty-gram note, to make the gift more personal. Oscar Claus!

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Discover Lebanon

Main Street

Photos & Words by Elaine Rea


nce a sleepy lumber and farming community, “The City that Friendliness Built” is now a regional, medical Mecca with an up-andcoming downtown filled with unique shops and eateries. Located along America’s longest road, US Highway 20, and a stone’s throw from the South Santiam River, this town of almost 20,000 offers great outdoor activities

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year-round. Opened in 2011, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest joined the Edward C. Allworth Oregon Veterans Home as two of the local medical facilities attracting residents and visitors to Lebanon. The annual Strawberry Festival, held the first full weekend in June, celebrates its 114th year in 2024

Things to See & Do


McDowell Creek Falls Larwood Covered Bridge Larwood Covered Bridge 42000 Fish Hatchery Drive, Scio Fourteen miles NE of Lebanon is one of Linn County’s eight covered, wooden bridges. Built in 1939, Larwood Bridge spans Crabtree Creek in 105 feet of single-lane passage and traveling across it feels like something out of the distant past. The county operates a small, wayside park at the east end of the bridge for fishing and picnicking. Check out their Covered Bridge Tour Route for information on the other covered bridges in the area

Approaching the Hatchery Roaring River Fish Hatchery 42279 Fish Hatchery Drive, Scio Just 3 miles down the road from Larwood Bridge, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife have a fish hatchery operation raising rainbow trout and steelhead. The hatchery is open yearround and free to the public, and is fun for kids of all ages. Site rules are posted for visitors to protect the fish but bring quarters for the ‘gumball machines’ selling fish food!

McDowell Creek Falls 43170 McDowell Creek Drive This Linn County-owned park is located 16 miles SE of Lebanon and has three miles of hiking trails through forested terrain that showcase the falls. A trail map is available on the park’s website and most of the routes are designated ‘easy’. There are picnic tables and restrooms near the main parking areas.

Speedway Stands

Willamette Speedway 36606 Airport Drive • In Lebanon since 1966, the “fastest 1/3-mile dirt track on the West Coast” hosts car racing on weekends from April to September, drawing crowds and racers from all of the Pacific Northwest. The speedway is a family-favorite and the grandstands are filled with fans young and old that are on hand for the action-packed races. HAPPY HOLIDAYS |



Places to Stay

Places to Eat Decision overload at Hazella Bakeshop

View of the Japanese Garden

Hazella Bakeshop • 878 S Main Street Hazella is a friendly, Dutch-influenced bakery with the name coming from the phonetic pronunciation “gezellig”, the essence of which means “warmth, comfort, and welcoming”. Opened in 2020, it has quickly become a ‘don’t-miss’ on Main Street. The sweet and savory selections rotate daily and we were lucky to get to try their Berry Handpie…two purple thumbs-up!

Entrance to Boulder Falls Inn Best Western Premier - Boulder Falls Inn 505 Mullins Drive • Built in 2015, Boulder Falls Inn has 84 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of conference space overlooking a Japanese-inspired garden featuring a pond, waterfalls, and lushly-landscaped walking paths. The hotel’s restaurant, 1847 Bar & Grill, serves dinner from a menu featuring steaks and other Pacific Northwest favorites.

Serene location for Waterloo County Park Waterloo County Park • 39510 Gross Street As an alternative to a hotel stay, this riverfront, 128-acre park has 109 overnight camping spots available by reservation online. The park is also available for day-use picnicking, disc golf, and has rentable group shelters. There is a boat launch with a parking area for trailers and beach access for swimmers.

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Thai Chicken Flatbread Growler Café 43 W Grant Street • The Growler Cafe fills customer’s growlers from 19 taps carrying IPA, lager, stout, pilsner, seltzer, and cider. Located just west of Main Street, they are open for lunch and dinner serving scratchmade soups and other daily specials, and have indoor and sidewalk seating. We loved the Thai Chicken Flatbread with a fresh salad and their own Mixed Berry Balsamic dressing.

Matt's Favorite Conversion Brewing 833 S Main Street • Conversion’s brewery is located at the back of the shop. In front is their wood-fired pizza oven where they bake up pizza with hand-tossed crust. They have 24 taps serving their own beers as well as locally-sourced selections. We had to try their housemade Lemon Bliss soda and it was great. Open since 2014 and locally owned, they also do deliveries in a vintage Crown Vic marked “LPD Lebanon Pizza Delivery” on the side!


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The Lebanon Mercantile & Le Cirque Bistro 641-661 S Main Street • This pair of adjoining businesses are family-owned and staffed. Opened in 2021, Lebanon Mercantile sells gifts and apparel. Many of their home décor pieces are made on-site and they do custom-order woodworking, bird houses, and personalized signs. Le Cirque Bistro next door is a terrific spot to take a break from shopping and enjoy lunch in a relaxing atmosphere. Admire the steampunk décor while you play some billiards, shuffleboard, or old school video games.

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Finally Together Quilt Shop 54 W Ash Street • For 20 years, nine at this location, Finally Together Quilt has an extensive selection of fabric with 10,000 bolts in stock. They have 100 quilts on display and carry notions, patterns, and books. They offer quilt-making and sewing classes for all skill levels and longarm quilting services to complete projects for customers.

Your special place for: Beads and rocks for sale Let it Bead • 631 S Main Street • This local, woman-owned store has been on Main Street for six years. It is a bright space with displays of colorful beads and jewelry-making supplies. They also sell crystals, gemstones, essential oils, and incense as well as books and metaphysical gifts. Call to book a tarot reading or sound bath meditation.

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MAKING MEMORIES Fun Family Activities for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time for families to come together, celebrate, and create lasting memories. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply enjoying the winter break, there are countless ways to make the most of this special time with your loved ones. Here are some fun family activities to help you make the most of the holiday season:

DECK THE HALLS TOGETHER: Start the holiday season by decorating your home as a family. Let each family member choose their favorite ornaments and take turns hanging them on the tree. You can also create handmade decorations to add a personal touch to your holiday decor.

BAKING EXTRAVAGANZA: Gather in the kitchen and bake your favorite holiday treats. From gingerbread

cookies to festive cupcakes, this is a delicious way to bond and enjoy the holiday spirit. Don't forget to include hot cocoa or apple cider for sipping while you bake.


If you live in a snowy area, take advantage of the winter wonderland. Go sledding, build snowmen, or have a friendly snowball fight. If you're in a warmer climate, consider a family hike or a day at the beach, and don't forget to bring a picnic.

MOVIE MARATHON: Create a cozy movie night at home with a holiday-themed movie marathon. Pop some popcorn, cuddle up under blankets, and watch classics like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Home Alone," or "The Polar Express."


Load up the family car and go on a holiday lights tour of your neighborhood or nearby towns. Many communities go all out with stunning light displays, and it's a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

CRAFTING AND DIY: Encourage your family's creative side by working on holiday crafts and DIY projects. Make your own holiday cards, create personalized ornaments, or even craft holiday wreaths or garlands together.

GIVING BACK: The holidays are a perfect time to teach your children about giving and gratitude. Volunteer as a family

at a local shelter or food bank, or organize a small gift drive for those in need. It's a valuable lesson that can be both humbling and heartwarming.

HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT: Create a festive scavenger hunt with clues and hidden surprises around your home. The final clue could lead to a special holiday treat or gift.

GAME NIGHT: Dust off your board games, card games, or puzzles and have a family game night. It's a great way to bond, have fun, and create friendly competition.


As the year comes to a close, sit down as a family and reflect on the past year's accomplishments and challenges. Then, set goals and resolutions for the coming year. Make it a tradition to revisit these resolutions together at the end of each year. Remember, the holidays are all about spending quality time with loved ones. No matter which activities you choose, the most important thing is to cherish the moments you have together and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the magic of the season and the warmth of family bonds that make the holidays truly special.

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As the holiday season draws nearer, we begin to anticipate all the festivities ahead. We look forward to family gatherings, treasured traditions, baking our favorite treats, and the gatherings we will host. It’s during this season especially that our kitchens tend to be the hot spot of activity--no wonder we refer to them as the “heart of the home.” Sounds idyllic, right? Let’s be realistic though…if we feel our kitchens are poorly-suited for entertaining, we may feel uneasy about hosting a crowd. We recognize the common pinch points of these gathering spaces. Thankfully, there are design choices and features that address can them, transforming a kitchen into a place that is well-equipped for daily activities and special occasions. Here’s a look at a few we’ve found particularly helpful:

Timing multiple dishes to be ready at the same time can be quite a trick. The fact that they each have their own temperature instructions and cooking times adds to the dilemma. That quandary has been eliminated for many of our clients who have opted for a second oven and/or warming drawer. We’ve also learned that warming drawers can be helpful for proofing dough. Who knew?

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It can feel like constant commotion when you have snack seekers camping out in the kitchen. To divert that kind of bottleneck, we suggest creating an out of the way spot that is devoted to snacks and treats. This could mean using the hutch-style cabinetry in the dining room or even a section of countertop on the “outskirts” of your kitchen. This wine bar is an ideal area to keep drinks and hors d’oeuvres handy without requiring a trip through the kitchen. The cabinetry we designed for this dining room (below) is also a perfect spot to place the “self-serve” items. Fill ‘er up!

Dining Room Buffet Counter




Sometimes those who are cooking don’t get to join in the conversation that others are enjoying. Ample island or peninsula seating allows friends and family to sit and savor a drink and snacks while chatting with those in the kitchen. When the food is ready to be served, spacious countertops can be cleared to set out the spread for a buffet-style meal. Planning generous space on all sides of an island ensures that “traffic” flows smoothly and appliance doors and cabinetry can be fully opened.

Keeping counter clutter at bay is always a high priority when we know that company is coming. An appliance station like this one is the perfect spot to store small cooking appliances like a microwave, coffee pot or toaster oven. This one features hidden pocket doors so that when an appliance is being used, the doors are tucked out of the kitchen workspace, but can then be closed to keep things out of sight.

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Another way to ensure that those in the kitchen aren’t missing out on the fun (or the game-changing touchdown), is choosing an open concept floor plan. In these designs the kitchen, living room, and perhaps the dining room are one large common area, rather than having walls that segment the spaces.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a well-organized kitchen. The modified pegboard approach we used for this drawer ensures that each dish is kept securely in its place to prevent chipping. It’s conveniently located near the dishwasher, making unloading a breeze! When guests offer to help with cleanup, why not make it easy on them? There are many custom cabinet features designed to make maximize kitchen storage, keep items organized, and in close proximity to where they’re most utilized.

Does this have you thinking about your own holiday hosting delights and dilemmas? There are a multitude of kitchen upgrades that can enhance and simplify your celebrations. If you’d like to learn more about our projects or are considering your own remodel or addition. Visit our website to see if we might be the right fit for you! By: Heidi Powell Powell Construction


This Season, Consider The Power of Shopping Locally and Fueling Our Community's Prosperity


n a world of big-box stores and online marketplaces, it's easy to overlook the gems right in our own neighborhoods – local businesses. Shopping locally isn't just a trend; it's a way to nurture the heart of our communities, boost local economies, and create a thriving environment for everyone. Let's explore how supporting your local businesses can make a world of difference. Money Stays in the Community: When you make a purchase at a local business, a more significant portion of your money stays within the community. In contrast, when you shop at large chain stores or online retailers, a considerable share of your hard-earned cash goes to out-oftown corporations. This money is vital for your community's growth, as it supports local jobs, infrastructure, and services. By keeping your dollars local, you directly invest in the future of your neighborhood. Job Creation and Security: Local businesses are the backbone of the job market. They create employment opportunities for friends, family, and neighbors. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the United States are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs. Supporting local businesses means more job stability, reduced unemployment rates, and a stronger, self-sufficient community.


Unique and Personalized Experiences: Local businesses bring a unique flavor to your community. They often offer handcrafted products, personalized services, and a shopping experience you can't find in large retail chains. These businesses are passionate about their craft and genuinely care about their customers. Whether you're looking for a one-of-akind gift or expert advice, your local shops are more likely to deliver.

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Environmental Benefits: Shopping locally can also have a positive impact on the environment. Local businesses often source their products closer to home, reducing the need for long-haul transportation. This means fewer carbon emissions and a smaller ecological footprint. Plus, supporting local agriculture and products can encourage sustainable farming and manufacturing practices. Strengthening Community Bonds: Local businesses aren't just places to shop; they're gathering points for the community. They host events, support local charities, and build connections that bring people together. By fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose, local businesses help create a vibrant and resilient community. Diverse and Thriving Neighborhoods: Diversity is a hallmark of thriving neighborhoods. Local businesses reflect the rich tapestry of a community, offering a range of products and services that cater to various tastes and needs. When you shop locally, you contribute to this diversity, ensuring that your neighborhood remains unique and resilient. Quality Over Quantity: Local businesses prioritize quality over quantity. They're invested in maintaining their reputation within the community, which often results in higher-quality products and better customer service. When you buy from local businesses, you can expect exceptional products and assistance that's second to none.





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1963... Jack Nicklaus wins his first Masters golf tournament, Hitchcock's The Birds is a hit in Theaters, My Boyfriend's Back is a hit on the radio, My Favorite Martian is a TV favorite, Andy Warhol gains national noteriety, Audio cassette's are introduced, Brad Pitt, Whitney Houston, Michael Jordan and Johnny Depp are born, The LA night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens, Margie Vaughan opens The Clothes Tree.

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1994 - 31 years later, Jeff Bezos founds Amazon, The Clothes Tree continues to provide excellent local service. And 2023, 29 years later, yep, still going strong! The Clothes Tree is a locally owned and operated retail business. We are located in Historic Downtown Corvallis, on the corner of 2nd and Madison.

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Our mission is to provide great quality merchandise and excellent customer service. Our goal is to offer brands and designers that customers know and love. We represent fashion for all ages and sizes. We offer complimentary gift wrap & gift cards. Nicole Nystrom, Owner The Clothes Tree 541-752-5518 Website: Facebook: Instagram:

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YOUR PETS HEALTH What is Pet Acupuncture? Pet acupuncture is the application of the same principles used in human acupuncture to treat animals. It involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points on a pet's body to stimulate various physiological responses. These points are located along channels, or meridians, where energy, or "qi," flows. By stimulating these points, acupuncturists aim to restore the balance of energy in a pet's body and promote natural healing. Conditions Treated with Pet Acupuncture Pet acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions and is often used in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine. Some of the common conditions treated with pet acupuncture include: Pain Management: Acupuncture can provide relief for pets suffering from chronic pain due to arthritis, musculoskeletal issues, or post-surgical discomfort. Gastrointestinal Disorders: It can help alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. Respiratory Problems: Acupuncture may

be used to address respiratory problems such as asthma and chronic coughing.

rest comfortably, and some even become relaxed to the point of falling asleep.

Neurological Conditions: Some pets with neurological issues, like paralysis or seizures, have experienced improved mobility and reduced seizure frequency with acupuncture.

Frequency of Sessions: The number and frequency of sessions needed will depend on the pet's condition. Some pets may require a series of treatments before experiencing significant improvement.

Stress and Anxiety: Acupuncture can have a calming effect and reduce anxiety in pets, making it particularly useful for animals with behavioral issues or separation anxiety.

Benefits of Pet Acupuncture Pet acupuncture offers several advantages:

The Process When a pet undergoes acupuncture, the process is generally quite peaceful. Here's what you can expect: Consultation: A licensed acupuncturist will assess your pet's medical history, behavior, and overall health before deciding on a treatment plan. Needle Insertion: Thin, sterile needles are gently inserted into specific acupuncture points on the pet's body. Most pets tolerate this well, often experiencing minimal to no discomfort. Treatment Session: An acupuncture session typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. During this time, the pet may

Drug-Free Therapy: It provides a drugfree alternative for managing pain and other health issues, minimizing the potential side effects associated with medications. Holistic Approach: Acupuncture addresses not only the physical symptoms but also the underlying energy imbalances, taking a holistic approach to pet health. Complementary to Conventional Medicine: It can work alongside conventional veterinary treatments, allowing for a more comprehensive approach to a pet's health. Improved Quality of Life: Many pet owners report that acupuncture has enhanced their pets' quality of life, especially for those with chronic conditions.

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BEAUTY UPDATE How Lip Fillers Work: Enhancing Your Natural Beauty Full and plump lips have long been considered a symbol of youth and beauty. Many people desire that luscious lip look, and thanks to modern cosmetic advancements, achieving it has become more accessible than ever. One popular method to enhance lip volume and shape is through the use of lip fillers. But how do these products work, and what should you know before considering this cosmetic procedure? Lip fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are injectable substances used to add volume, definition, and shape to the lips. They are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that helps retain moisture and give skin a youthful, plump appearance. This makes hyaluronic acid an ideal choice for lip augmentation because it offers both safety and natural-looking results. Here's how lip fillers work Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a qualified cosmetic practitioner. During this meeting, you'll discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns. The practitioner will also assess your lips and facial structure to determine the best approach and the amount of filler needed to achieve your desired look. Preparation: Once you and the practitioner have a plan in place, they will prepare the treatment area by cleaning and possibly numbing it with a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Injection: Using a very fine needle, the practitioner will carefully inject the hyaluronic acid filler into the predetermined areas of your lips. The filler adds volume and can help redefine the lip border and shape. The procedure typically takes around 15-30 minutes. Mold and shape: After the injection, the practitioner may gently massage and mold the filler to ensure a smooth and even distribution. This step is crucial for achieving a natural and balanced appearance. Post-procedure care: Once the procedure is complete, you can immediately return to your daily activities. You may experience some mild swelling, bruising, or redness, but these side effects are typically temporary and can be easily concealed with makeup. Results: You'll notice a visible improvement in lip fullness and shape immediately, although the final results may take a few days to settle as any initial swelling subsides. One of the significant advantages of hyaluronic acid fillers is their temporary nature. Over time, the body gradually breaks down the filler, allowing you to adapt your look as your preferences change. The results typically last between 6-12 months, depending on the specific product used and individual factors like metabolism and lifestyle. When considering lip fillers, it's essential to choose a skilled and experienced practitioner who is knowledgeable about facial anatomy and aesthetic balance. This ensures that your results are not only beautiful but also in harmony with your overall facial appearance. In conclusion, lip fillers are a safe and effective way to enhance your lips and achieve the plump, youthful appearance you desire. By using hyaluronic acid fillers, you can enjoy temporary yet natural-looking results with minimal downtime. Always consult with a qualified professional to discuss your options and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. HAPPY HOLIDAYS |





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An Idea Who's Time Has Come, Again Ingredients: 2 cups cranberry juice 2 cups orange juice 1 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dis solved together) 1 liter ginger ale or lemon-lime soda 1 cup white rum (optional, for an alcoholic version) Ice cubes Fresh cranberries, orange slices, and mint sprigs for garnish

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Instructions: Start by preparing the simple syrup if you don't already have it. In a saucepan, combine equal parts sugar and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool before using it in the punch. In a large punch bowl or a decorative serving pitcher, combine the cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well to mix all the juices and sweeten to taste. Adjust the sweetness by adding more simple syrup if needed. If you'd like to make an alcoholic version of this punch, add the white rum to the mixture and stir. Add ice cubes to the punch bowl or pitcher to keep the punch chilled. You can use a large block of ice to prevent dilution. Just before serving, pour in the ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. This will give your punch a nice fizz and a refreshing flavor. Gently stir to combine all the ingredients. Garnish the punch with fresh orange slices, and mint sprigs. This not only adds a festive touch but also enhances the flavor and aroma of the punch. Serve your holiday punch in decorative glasses or cups. Make sure to include a ladle so guests can serve themselves. Enjoy your delicious holiday punch with family and friends!

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HOLIDAY SIDES Here are seven Christmas side dish recipes to complement your holiday feast

These side dishes offer a delightful array of flavors and textures to enhance your Christmas dinner. Whether you prefer the crispness of roasted vegetables or the comfort of creamy potatoes, these recipes are sure to be a hit at your holiday table.

GARLIC BUTTER ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS Brussels sprouts, garlic, butter, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven until they are caramelized and tender. Drizzle with melted garlic butter before serving.

CREAMY MASHED POTATOES WITH CHIVES Potatoes, butter, heavy cream, chopped fresh chives, salt, and white pepper. Boil peeled and diced potatoes until soft, then mash. Mix in butter, heavy cream, chives, salt, and white pepper until creamy.

CRANBERRY ORANGE RELISH Fresh cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Combine fresh cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Cook until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.

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ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES Baby red or Yukon Gold potatoes, olive oil, fresh rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Toss baby potatoes with olive oil, chopped rosemary, salt, and pepper. Roast until crispy and golden.

GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE Fresh green beans, sliced almonds, butter, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Blanch green beans until tender-crisp, then sauté with butter and sliced almonds. Finish with a drizzle of lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

SAUSAGE APPLE STUFFING Bread cubes, sausage, diced apples, diced onions, celery, poultry seasoning, chicken broth, salt, and black pepper. Cook sausage until browned, then sauté with apples, onions, and celery. Mix in bread cubes, poultry seasoning, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bake until the top is crispy.

CREAMED SPINACH WITH PARMESAN Fresh spinach, heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic, butter, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper. Sauté garlic in butter, then add fresh spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in heavy cream, grated Parmesan, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook until the mixture thickens and the cheese is melted.

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Recipe Compliments of Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes

INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature • 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar • 1 large egg, at room temperature • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full-sheet graham crackers) • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips • 1 heaping cup marshmallow creme (store-bought “Fluff”) 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars when they have cooled. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl using handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Mixture may appear curdled and that’s ok.

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3. Whisk the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and then beat on medium speed until combined. 4. Press/spread 2/3 of the graham cookie dough into prepared pan. (Doesn’t have to be exact, just eyeball it.) It will be a thin layer and the dough is sticky, so use your hands if needed. Spread the marshmallow creme evenly on top. This will be tricky since the marshmallow creme is sticky, but do the best you can to get an even layer. Layer chocolate chips evenly on top. Mold the remaining cookie dough into flat pieces and layer on top of the chocolate chips, as pictured.. You won’t have enough dough to make one single layer, so some chocolate chips/marshmallow will be exposed. 5. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack. Cool bars completely. 6. Lift the bars out using the parchment paper overhang on the sides. Cut into squares. 7. Cover and store leftovers at room temp for up to 1 week.

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12 Ounces Cranberries 1 cup white sugar 1 cup orange juice INSTRUCTIONS Heat orange juice over medium heat Stir in sugar until dissolved Add cranberries and cook until they start to pop Cool on counter, refrigerate overnight and serve. Optional: Garnish with fresh orange zest to liven it up. This sauce will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks, although don't count on it being around that long!

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Cranberry Cheese Spread 16 oz. cream cheese, softened 1-14 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce 4 oz. chopped green chilies, drained 2 Tbsp lime juice ½ tsp garlic powder 1/8 – ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ½ – 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp salt Crackers 1. Whip cream cheese until fluffy. 2. Form into desired shape on a serving plate. 3. In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce, green chilies, lime juice and all 4 spices. 4. Spoon over and around cream cheese. 5. Serve with crackers.

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Words and Photos by Elaine Rea When Voodoo Doughnuts opened in Portland’s Old Town in 2003, they made pink boxes and funky donuts popular. They did not, however, corner the market on creativity. Large and small towns alike have donut makers delivering up unique, non-traditional flavors and tasty new twists on the old classics. These are not your grandmother’s maple bars and the ‘fancies’ just keep getting fancier! We visited a ‘baker’s dozen’ from south to north, with a bonus (*) at the end!


Banana Bearclaw


Strawberry Glaze


Espresso & Oreo


Mocha Filled


PB&J + Habenero Jam


Apple Pie


Mixed Half Dozen



Gma's Hot Cocoa

Dizzy Dean's


Death by Donutz

The Donut Queen

Chai Spice Caramel

Bizzy Jean's



Wicked Sweet Bakery

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Vegan Donut Holes Big Wig Donuts

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At this location for 25 years, Dizzy Dean’s opens at 3:00am for the super-early birds and closes at midnight for the lateevening snackers! Bizzy Jean’s Donuts

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6 1670 Hill St SE, Albany

This family-run shop takes customer’s suggestions and turns them in to fun, new menu items. They started as a wholesale bakery but opened for retail at this location two years ago. If you arrive in time for lunch, consider trying a Smash Burger (with a donut for dessert, of course!)

A popular hangout with the locals, hardworking Jean is behind the counter seven days a week serving fresh donuts to retired veterans and church ladies alike.


Sugar Vibes Donut Company 754 S Main St, Lebanon

Opened in 2016 by a mother-daughter team, Sugar Vibes is in the heart of downtown Lebanon. The shop serves donuts by day and transforms to a dinner house in the evening: thecellarlebanon. com. They also have a Sweet Home location.

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Located across the street from Western Oregon University, this food truck is run by a second-generation donut maker. Folks travel far and wide for their platesized Apple Fritters and seasonal fruit creations are featured specialties.


The Donut Queen Pop-up Locations in the mid-Valley, especially Salem and Albany groups/1911349022415985

Follow Queen Lyndsey on Facebook for her schedule and rotating selection of fabulous fancies. Loyal customers travel to her set-ups and are rewarded with some of the best donuts around. Fan favorites include: Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Snickers Crunch, and Peanut Butter Banana Cream.

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Benny’s Donuts 116 NW 3rd St, Corvallis

Benny’s serves fresh, made-to-order donuts in downtown Corvallis. You can order from their menu which includes seasonal specials or select your own glaze and toppings for a customized treat. They offer gluten-free and vegan options too. Death by Donutz

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This Oregon State University-adjacent shop is owned and operated by a Beaver alum. All of their donuts are made of potato raised dough which gives them their soft, spongey deliciousness. They happily take orders by phone and can make many of their best sellers veganfriendly.


Wicked Sweet Bakery 3852 River Rd N, Keizer

Wicked Sweet is a small bakery in an inauspicious Keizer strip mall. Waiting inside however, are delicious donuts and other treats. Their fillings and jams are all house-made and this family-owned shop also does custom cakes. Mac Daddy Donuts

12 709 NE 3rd St, McMinnville

Open since 2019, this business started in a truck and is now located in a tiny shop in quaint, downtown McMinnville. They customize donuts with the drizzles and toppings of your choice: cereal, fruit, candy, and of course, sprinkles! Blue Star

13 3325 SE Division St; Suite 1

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Blue Star’s mission, since 2012, has been to marry herbs, spices, fruits, and other fresh flavors into unforgettable combinations found nowhere else in donuts. They have become a favorite in Portland and their shops celebrate neighborhood diversity. “No hate, no drama, only donuts”! *Yes, this is a donut shop story but we couldn’t pass up writing about this divine, local cinnamon roll place!

Big Wig Donuts

9 111 Liberty St NE, Salem

Big Wig began as a pop-up shop in 2017 but three years ago they opened in the historic Gray Building in downtown Salem. They serve specialty donut HOLES, all gluten free, plant-based, and GMOfree, sold by the dozen with rotating flavors like Matcha Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed, and Lavender Earl Grey.


14 1241 NW Johnson St, Portland

Opened in the Pearl District in 2022, this locally-owned shop started as a stand at the Moda Center and they now have a second store on NE Alberta. Their cinnamon rolls are as fancy as they come!

Dough Hook Bakeshop

10 1970 Lancaster Dr NE #105, Salem

Offering an innovative selection of donuts and pastries, this is a family-run operation all the way. The owner has enlisted her brother as lead baker in Salem, and her sister manages their second shop in Corvallis. Side note: we are a personal fan of their “Cruffin”, a croissant muffin filled with house-made pastry cream and rolled in sugar…fabulous!


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2024 Resolving for a Better Tomorrow The Most Popular New Year's Resolutions Through the Years

AS THE CALENDAR FLIPS TO JANUARY, PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ENGAGE IN A TIME-HONORED TRADITION: MAKING NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS. These annual promises to improve ourselves have been a constant in our lives, evolving with the times and reflecting our changing priorities. Let's take a trip down memory lane to explore some of the most popular New Year's resolutions over the years. 1950s: The Decade of Smoking Cessation In the post-World War II era, the health risks associated with smoking began to gain widespread attention. As a result, one of the most popular resolutions of the 1950s was quitting smoking. It marked a turning point in public awareness about the dangers of tobacco, and many people resolved to kick the habit for good. 1960s: The Quest for Peace and Love Amid the counterculture movement and social change of the '60s, people sought personal transformation. Resolutions centered on achieving inner peace, embracing love and harmony, and fighting for civil rights and equality. The 1960s marked an era of self-discovery and activism. 1970s: Stress Reduction: The 1970s were marked by social

and political upheaval, including events like the oil crisis and the Watergate scandal. Managing stress and finding ways to relax may have been a common resolution. Travel and Adventure: As air travel became more accessible, some people may have resolved to explore new destinations and have more adventures. 1980s: The Fitness Boom The '80s brought with it an obsession with fitness. The aerobics craze, inspired by icons like Jane Fonda, led to a surge in resolutions to get in shape, lose weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The '80s were all about sweatbands and leg warmers. 1990s: Tech-Savvy Resolutions The '90s were marked by a rapid increase in technological advancements. Resolutions revolved around mastering the emerging world of personal computers, vowing to become more tech-savvy, and managing the time spent online. As the internet revolutionized our lives, so did our resolutions. 2000s: Going Green With growing concerns about the environment, the 2000s saw a surge in eco-friendly resolutions. People pledged to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle more, and adopt sustainable practices. It was a de-

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cade of conscientious choices to protect the planet. 2010s: The Social Media Balancing Act The advent of social media platforms transformed how we connect and share our lives. In the 2010s, resolutions often focused on achieving a healthier balance with technology. Many vowed to reduce screen time, engage more meaningfully in face-to-face interactions, and avoid the pitfalls of online comparison. 2020s: Health and Well-Being Reign Supreme As we entered the 2020s, the global COVID-19 pandemic reshaped our priorities. Health and well-being became paramount, leading to resolutions centered around physical and mental health. People embraced activities like meditation, yoga, home cooking, and remote work. A newfound appreciation for life's simple pleasures emerged. The world continues to change, and so do our New Year's resolutions. As we step into the future, we can expect to see resolutions that reflect the current challenges and opportunities of the times. What remains constant, however, is our collective desire for self-improvement and the hope that the coming year will be a better one than the last.

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Hong Wolfe • REAL ESTATE

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Real Estate Update

Hosting for the Holidays THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A TIME OF JOY, TOGETHERNESS, AND CELEBRATION. IT'S A TIME WHEN FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHER TO CREATE LASTING MEMORIES. IF YOU'RE THE HOST OR HOSTESS FOR THIS YEAR'S HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, YOU MAY BE FEELING A MIX OF EXCITEMENT AND ANXIETY. Hosting during the holidays can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and a few helpful tips, you can ensure a stress-free and memorable celebration. PLAN AHEAD The key to successful holiday hosting is thorough planning. Start by creating a checklist of everything you'll need, from decorations and food to seating arrangements and entertainment. Set a budget to keep your expenses in check, and don't hesitate to delegate tasks to willing family members or friends. CREATE A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE Set the stage for a memorable holiday gathering by decorating your home. Adorn your space with festive decor, including lights, wreaths, and ornaments. Create a warm and inviting ambiance with scented candles and soft lighting. A well-decorated space will instantly put your guests in the holiday spirit. PREPARE A DELICIOUS FEAST One of the highlights of any holiday celebration is the food. Plan your menu well in advance and consider dietary

By Hong Wolfe, PhD Owner, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, CCIM, SRES, CIPS

restrictions or preferences of your guests. To make the day more manageable, prepare dishes that can be made ahead of time and frozen, and don't forget to have a variety of appetizers and snacks for guests to munch on before the main meal. BEVERAGES FOR EVERYONE Offer a selection of beverages to cater to all tastes. Hot cocoa, mulled wine, and eggnog are perfect for those who enjoy warm, comforting drinks, while a variety of cocktails and non-alcoholic options will keep everyone happy. Don't forget to have plenty of water and soft drinks available as well. ACCOMMODATE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS In today's world, dietary restrictions are common. Be sure to ask your guests about any dietary restrictions or allergies they may have in advance, so you can plan your menu accordingly. Providing options for vegetarians, vegans, and those with food allergies will show your thoughtfulness and ensure that everyone can enjoy the feast. CREATE A COMFORTABLE SEATING PLAN Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a large party, having a comfortable seating plan is essential. Ensure that there's enough seating for everyone and consider arranging seating to encourage conversation and mingling. Providing cozy throws and pillows can also make your guests feel more at ease.

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ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES To keep your guests entertained, plan some activities or games. Board games, a holiday-themed trivia quiz, or even a White Elephant gift exchange can add fun and laughter to your gathering. You can also create a playlist of holiday music to set the mood or invite guests to participate in a carol sing-along. RELAX AND ENJOY As the host or hostess, it's easy to get caught up in the details and stress of hosting during the holidays. Remember that the most important thing is spending time with loved ones and creating cherished memories. Don't be afraid to ask for help, take breaks, and enjoy the celebration yourself. Hosting during the holidays can be a rewarding experience when approached with careful planning and a focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests. By following these tips, you can ensure a stress-free and memorable holiday celebration that everyone will cherish for years to come. So, get ready to spread holiday cheer, savor delicious food, and enjoy the company of your loved ones in a beautifully decorated and welcoming space. HAPPY HOSTING!


Hong Wolfe, PhD Windermere Willamette Valley in Corvallis. Contact her at 541-740-9497

Sten Carlson • YOUR FINANCES

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

On the Money

Helping Adult Kids Without Harming Your Own Financial Future By Sten Carlson

ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY PUBLISHED BY AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR 30S AND 40S HAVE RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL HELP FROM FAMILY AND EXPECT ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE. And over a quarter of those surveyed said they received $25,000 or more1. It’s admirable to see that parents want to go to such great lengths to help their children achieve financial success. Yet parents need to be mindful that they don’t inadvertently diminish their own success in doing so. As a financial advisor, here’s the advice I offer parents who want to give their adult children a financial head start without harming their own financial future: PRIORITIZE SAVING FOR YOUR OWN RETIREMENT. It takes many years to accumulate the savings you need to

retire comfortably. Your children are likely just starting their careers, while your time remaining in the workforce may be limited to 5, 10 or 15 years. Putting yourself first isn’t a selfish move. It’s about being wise with your money. If you make it a priority to have enough saved when you retire, your kids won’t have to worry about providing you with financial support later in life. BE STRATEGIC WITH YOUR FINANCIAL GIFTS. Like other monetary goals, it’s important to add gifts of cash to your overall financial plan. When you treat cash gifts separately, you shortchange other priorities such as retirement. What will it cost you to divert savings from your retirement plan? With a complete list of financial priorities, you can see how much you need to save to reach them all. CONSIDER ALTERNATE APPROACHES TO HELPING YOUR KIDS. There may

be ways to help your kids other than by dipping into savings. Encourage them to take financial responsibility when they can do so. Your college-bound son or daughter may be able to take out student loans at a low interest rate, which will reduce or eliminate the amount you need to contribute for tuition. Instead of writing a check to help your child buy a car or house, you might co-sign on a loan to help them lock in a lower-interest rate or more favorable repayment terms. HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MONEY. Your willingness to talk about your finances is a valuable example for your adult children. So too is your attention to your retirement savings. I encourage parents to invite their adult children to attend a financial planning session with a financial advisor. It’s a time to address money concerns and explore how actions today can affect your future finances.


1 The 2023 research was created by Ameriprise Financial Inc. and conducted online by Artemis Strategy Group from January 19 to February 14, 2023 among 3,518 Americans ages 27–77. Millennial respondents have $25,000 or more in investable assets, and Gen X and boomer respondents have $100,000 or more. The sample is weighted on region and by generation on age, gender, race/ethnicity, assets, and income based on the Federal Reserve 2021 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED). To ensure sufficient response sizes for additional analysis, Ameriprise oversampled investors who identify as millennials. For further information and details about the study, including verification of data that may not be published as part of this report, please contact Ameriprise Financial or go to

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.

Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at 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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The Haberdasher

As the Weather Turns Cold and Crisp By Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLD AND CRISP, WE START THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS, AND THE GATHERINGS THAT WILL FILL OUR SCHEDULES. As the season approaches it is good to make sure you have a couple of "go to" outfits. Something stylish with a splash of fun! Sport coats are great for dressing up your favorite slacks and dress shirt,

throw on a holiday tie for a bit of whimsy. Depending on your style, you could even pair a sport coat with a nice t-shirt and jeans for a dressy casual outfit to wear to your Thanksgiving dinner, or the kid's Christmas program. For something a little dressier a solid color suit can be dressed up with a vest in holiday colors, perhaps a tie and pocket square, or for those

formal affairs a tuxedo with all the traditional trappings will make you feel like James Bond. No matter what you end up wearing this Holiday season, be sure that it fits well, and you will turn heads wherever you go.

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

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Brenda Powell • GARDENING

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In The Garden

The Other Holiday Flower HOLIDAY CACTUS OFTEN GET OVERLOOKED IN FAVOR OF THEIR SHOWIER RIVAL, THE POINSETTIA. THEY ARE SUCH A GREAT HOUSEPLANT: EASY-CARE AND SHOWY IN THEIR OWN WAY. My obsession with this plant began when I received some cuttings from a friend over 30 years ago. They rooted easily in water and bloomed before I got them potted into soil. I planted them in Black Gold all-purpose potting soil, watered them regularly and occasionally added fertilizer. My great-grandmother had one tucked away in a spare bedroom, where the natural light and cool temperatures ensured it rebloomed prolifically. So, I placed mine in a similar situation and was rewarded with many blooms the next season. Soon I needed more. Then I won a red flowered variety. I

By Brenda Powell

repotted them multiple times and even divided one. Now I have six. Finally last year I took cuttings and got rid of the original one. It needed to be repotted and it was getting too large to manage. (They can live up to 100 years, so I felt quite guilty letting it go.) Commonly called Thanksgiving or Holiday cactus, it blooms closer to Thanksgiving, although some of mine do bloom in December. The flowers are most commonly pink, red, orange, and white with markings (appears pale pink). There is a yellow variety, but I haven’t seen it available to purchase for years. Holiday cactuses prefer bright light, and protection from the burning, summer sun. An eastern window is perfect. Let the

soil dry out slightly between waterings. For me, that works out to every 1-2 weeks. Water enough that it flows out the drain hole. Don’t overwater or let it sit in water. They will need less water right before and right after they bloom. Fertilize regularly from February to September. For the best rebloom, provide 13 hours of continuous darkness and 50-65 deg F temperatures. My home office and spare bedroom work well. I find that the plants grow flowers on the side facing the window, so I rotate them to get flowers on all sides. They like to be slightly rootbound, but repotting into a larger planter is suggested every three years. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND HAPPY GARDENING!

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

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Cheryl Lohman • LOOKING GOOD

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Looking Good

The Holiday Miracle That Keeps on Giving By Cheryl Lohman AH, THE HOLIDAYS! 'TIS THE SEASON FOR TWINKLING LIGHTS, JOLLY CAROLERS, AND MORE SELFIES THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A CANDY CANE AT. But as you deck the halls and channel your inner elf, don't let the hustle and bustle of the festive season leave you looking like a "before" picture in a makeover montage. Enter the unsung hero of holiday glam: permanent makeup! If you're like me, the mere mention of "holiday shopping" is enough to make your eyeliner wobble. And while a cozy fireplace and a cup of cocoa are nice, not having to redo your makeup every time you step out into the chilly winter wonderland is even nicer. That's where permanent makeup comes to the rescue like Santa down a chimney! Picture this: You've got a long list of gifts to buy, a tree to decorate, and a neverending stream of parties to attend. Who has time to meticulously apply eyeliner

and lipstick multiple times a day? With permanent makeup, your eyes will be "on fleek" from your first sip of eggnog to your final "Auld Lang Syne" sing-along. No more fearing smudged mascara or inadvertently rocking the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" look. You'll be picture-perfect for every holiday snapshot. But let's not stop at the eyes! The holiday season is a smorgasbord of delectable delights. Permanent lip color means you can indulge in all the festive feasting without leaving your lip color on the rim of every glass or plate. And let’s not forget the holiday parties. Between ugly sweater soirees and glitzy New Year's Eve bashes, your social calendar is packed tighter than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. With permanent makeup, you can spend less time in front of the mirror and more time under the mistletoe. Just think of all the minutes you'll save, minutes that can be better

spent sipping hot cocoa, caroling, or honing your "Secret Santa" detective skills. In the grand scheme of things, permanent makeup is a holiday miracle. It's the gift that keeps on giving, long after the tinsel and tree lights have been put away. So, this holiday season, give yourself, or someone you love, the gift of convenience, confidence, and time for extra holiday cheer. Be ready to face any festive fiasco with a wink, a smile, and the assurance that you'll look fabulous throughout the merriest time of the year. WISHING YOU A SEASON FILLED WITH WARMTH, JOY, AND CHERISHED MOMENTS. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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

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Kris Denning • HEALTH & FITNESS

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Raise Your Vibration with Gratiitude By Kris Denning

I’M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT POSITIVE VIBES AND NEGATIVE VIBES WHEN REFERRING TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING, BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT SIMPLE GRATITUDE CAN FOSTER GOOD VIBES IN YOURSELF? Maybe you have been in the presence of someone with positive energy, and someone with negative energy, and you have felt the contrast that brings. We, along with everything else in the Universe, are made up of energy vibrating continuously, at different frequencies. The good news is that we have the power to alter the vibrational frequency that we are feeling and projecting out into the world. First, become aware of what you are currently feeling. Is it worry, stress, shame, guilt, or anger? Where might this be coming from? Are you perhaps blaming something or someone outside of you, for your own internal conditions? Perhaps something outside of you did happen, but the power to change your situation lies within you. So, take your power back now. It can be difficult to release yourself from the clutches of negative thought patterns, but when you do, know that all of life begins to change around you.

We create everything in our lives through our own perspective. Law of Attraction states that we will attract into our world that which we project out. This means that stewing about everything that is “wrong” in life will naturally draw in more experiences to prove our negative perspective. But it also means that dwelling on what is positive in our life will attract more positive experiences.

sleep and you are more likely to wake up on the “right” side of the bed…

Daily gratitude can lead you to a far more joyful life that attracts abundance, love, and positive experiences. Can you find 5 things in your life to be grateful for right now? Try and close your eyes and say thank you for those things right now and notice how the feelings in your body change. It may make you feel a little less tense or restricted, and a bit more open and expansive.

What is going well? If there is only one thing you can think of to be grateful for, then think of that often. Put sticky notes up to remind you of that thing or several things you are grateful for. It won’t take long before more positive vibes emanate from your being, and you attract more positive experiences into your life.

It takes time to bury oneself in negative thought patterns and a low vibration, so it can take time to come out of it too. But like anything, with consistent practice, it gets way easier and eventually becomes second nature. Keep a journal or a notepad beside your bed, and before you go to sleep at night, make your list. Drifting off to sleep with feelings of gratitude will bring you better quality *Sign up for Kris' weekly newsletter at

You have the power to change your own personal vibration, and therefore change your life outcomes. Life wants to work in your favor. The Universe really does have your back. But you must also have your back. It is up to you to change your focus from the negative, to the positive.

It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to remember the importance of gratitude. Start being grateful today, every day, and watch your life blossom with good vibes all around you. You really can change your life. And that is something to be grateful for.


Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at:



Drew Skaggs • FITNESS

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Fueling Festivity: A Guide To Navigating Holiday Nutrition THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A TIME OF JOY, TOGETHERNESS, AND, OF COURSE, INDULGENCE. AS THE FESTIVE SEASON APPROACHES, IT'S NATURAL TO ANTICIPATE THE DELICIOUS FEASTS AND SWEET TREATS THAT AWAIT US. However, it's also essential to strike a balance between savoring these delights and staying on track with our nutritional goals. The good news is that with a mindful approach, you can navigate nutrition around the holidays without feeling overly restrictive or derailing your hard-earned progress. Eating slowly and practicing mindfulness while eating can help you enjoy your food more and prevent overeating. Pay attention to each bite, savor the flavors, and listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues. By being present during your meals, you're more likely to make conscious choices and avoid mindless munching. TRY IT: Put your utensil down after each bite and chew your food thoroughly. One of the keys to enjoying the holidays without guilt is to practice moderation rather than deprivation. It's unrealistic to expect yourself to avoid all your favorite holiday foods entirely. Instead, savor these treats in smaller portions. This way, you can enjoy the flavors without

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overindulging. Remember, it's not about saying "no" to holiday treats; it's about saying "yes" in a balanced way.

This will ensure there isn’t as much room on the plate (or in your stomach) for sweet treats.

TRY IT: Enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Then get right back to a consistent eating routine.

Amidst all the holiday festivities, it's easy to forget the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking enough water can help control your appetite and prevent excessive snacking. Plus, it's crucial for overall health and well-being.

Speaking of consistent eating routines… Just like with exercise, consistency in your nutrition is crucial for sustainable progress. While it's okay to indulge occasionally during the holidays, try to maintain a consistent routine the rest of the time. Stick to your regular meal schedule and choose nutrient-dense options whenever possible. Incorporating plenty of lean proteins, veggies, and fruits into your meals can help you feel satisfied and provide essential nutrients. Planning is another vital strategy for managing your nutrition during the holidays. If you know you'll be attending a holiday gathering with a tempting buffet, eat a balanced meal beforehand. This can help curb your appetite and reduce the temptation to overindulge. Additionally, consider bringing a healthier dish to share at gatherings, ensuring you have a nutritious option available. TRY IT: Fill your plate with non-starchy veggies (for example, broccoli) to start.

TRY IT: Take a small sip of water after each bite. Bonus points because this will slow you down too! Navigating nutrition around the upcoming holidays doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. By embracing mindful eating, practicing moderation, staying consistent, and planning ahead, you can savor the holiday season without derailing your progress. Remember that the holidays are about more than just food; they're about spending time with loved ones and creating cherished memories. So enjoy the treats, but do so in a way that aligns with your long-term health and fitness goals. Happy, healthy holidays!

Drew Drew Skaggs is the owner and Head Coach of The SHOP in downtown Corvallis. We deliver personalized strength and fitness in a group setting. Drew Skaggs: (541) 243-8948

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The Crossword This issue's theme

Holidays September / October Solution:



Frosty, for one


Meat from a calf


Holiday roast


Tropical orange fruit


Corn section


Palm fruits


Toy transporter


Slangy "So long!"


The last word, often


Enjoyed good food



Scrooge-like emotion


"___, I Love You" Beatles hit

Seasoned veggies used in a Thanksgiving dinner




One __ kind (unique)- 2 words


Classic Christmas song, 2 words



What Santa brings


Round vegetable



Cellist Yo-Yo ___


Where the star is placed on a Christmas tree

Much decorated Christmas essentials


Campfire treat



Sheep sound


Fall crop

Reindeer who came into his own on one "foggy Christmas eve"

Alien craft

____nog drink




There was no room here for Mary and Joseph


"___ dreaming of a white Christmas"


Winter month, for short


Hot cocoa container


Gift for a kid


Welcoming floor covering





Musical scale notes

Thanksgiving vegetables, 2 words


NFL arbiter


Popular fruity Thanksgiving dessert




Henry's nickname

You can also solve the crossword online at: Works great on an iPad or a desktop. Look for the "crossword" link.

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