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From the Home Office in Corvallis Words from a great man, in case you’re wavering on your new year’s resolutions:

“ I knew a man who gave up smoking, drinking, rich food and sex. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.”

- Johnny Carson

Welcome to our first issue of 2016! This marks our seventh year of publishing Willamette Living. I remember our first issue like it was yesterday. Now we’re a thing! It’s a very rewarding feeling knowing people have adopted our vision as one of their valley favorites. We’ve got a big year planned. Starting with our next issue: The Spring Home and Garden issue. Some great getaways are planned, there’s going to have to be some restaurant reviews, and stories about local people doing all kinds of interesting stuff. There’s going to be recipes to be sampled, and outdoor activities to be partaken of. It’s a lot of work, but somebody’s got to do it! We’re ready. This will be the second year of our “Best of the Valley” competition, so look for our online survey and get your vote in

for all your favorites - publishing in our June / July issue. And of course, our new title: Portland Metro Living is now on issue number two. The first issue was well received, and since it’s just like Willamette Living, it will offer our neighbors in business an affordable, glossy, full color magazine option to broadcast their message. Last but not least, our website is going to incorporate all of our “Living” magazines, so it will be a busy hub of Oregon readers and shoppers! As always, thanks for reading, and we’ve got a great year ahead!

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Charity Spotlight

HELPING H A N D S “When Other Doors Close, Our Door Opens” Founded in 1977, Old Mill Center for Children and Families is a community-based nonprofit devoted to helping children get the best start in life possible. The Old Mill staff specialize in one of five programs: Relief Nursery, a child abuse and neglect prevention program; Intensive Treatment Services, which focuses on psychiatric day treatment for kids aged 3-7; Child, Teen and Family Counseling for children 2 - 18; Healthy Families, which promotes positive parenting; and the Integrated Preschool, which pioneered combining classes for typicallydeveloping children and children with special needs. The Integrated Preschool is still going strong more than 38 years after its inception. Some of the highlights of our work in the past year include: over 280 children served through prevention and intervention of abuse situations and early education; over 500 children served with Mental Health Services; more than 1850 home visits to assist children and their families; and, nearly 5500 hours of counseling sessions. Our programs are growing in the rural areas, and we are expanding outreach in the local community to serve children and families in homes, schools and at the Boys and Girls Club.


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In The Garden With Brenda

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Last year was busy for me on a personal and business level. I didn’t spend much time in the garden. After the summer heat and drought, the heavy rainfall occurring now is a relief, but I’m still not eager to be outside. That set me to wondering, do I really want to continue playing in the dirt? My husband and I could buy a condo and simplify our lives. Then I saw an article that got me thinking about why gardening is good for me. The article was about a UK scientific study published in the journal Neuroscience. The study results appear in online articles as far back as 2007, so this isn’t new. I hadn’t read about it, though, and it intrigued me. The scientists found a mycobacterium in soil that acts as a natural antidepressant. This substance stimulates serotonin production and


makes a person relaxed and happier. We absorb this mycobacterium through our nose, our skin, and even into our bloodstream through cuts and openings. Once you’re past the “ick” factor (What? You mean we breathe dirt? Eew!) it makes perfect sense. Gardening literally makes us happy. Isn’t it wonderful how nature works?

For me, gardening is exercise, meditation, a creative outlet, a connection with nature, a good way to get vitamin D, fun, relaxing, a great way to increase knowledge, and a darn good excuse to avoid housework. Not to mention I can grow my own food, recycle, improve my patch of earth, capture rainfall, and feed the obviously starving snails in my neighborhood. If it’s so good for me and I enjoy it, why did I do so little of it last year? I was busier at work,

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I travelled more, I did more volunteer work, the weather inhibited me, and I was trying to do a lot more home cooking. Plus, my garden is maturing so there’s not as much room to create, and I was just plain tired! Then the pretty Primroses arrived along with blooming mini daffodils, berries, new seeds, and new garden art. My husband and I have switched what we’re eating and we’re eating a lot more beans. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to grow my own? I found seed for Cannellini and Cranberry beans but now I need more space. There’s so much to plan, so many gardening things to dream about. I am excited about gardening again. Then it finally hit me. About the time I started to be tired and down was when I started wearing gloves. Maybe the scientists are right after all.

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Mike, on Health

Enjoying a Healthy Winter in The Willamette Valley

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Mike Waters MA is the health promotion director for Timberhill Athletic club. For questions, comments on this piece or any other health topics he can be reached at or 541- 207-4368 Even with our gloomy, rainy days in the Willamette valley, there’s still great opportunities to find health around you. below are two fine articles by Amy Wilson and Dee Moawadh, health promotion interns from Oregon state university.

Their articles present various ways for you and your family to find physical activity, and some healthy foods. Enjoy the great things about our winter in the Willamette valley, and be healthy!

Winter Fitness

Your Winter Diet

Most of us loose our fitness in winter seasons, but why not make it “special-sports” season? There are lots of indoor and outdoor sports that can be enjoyed in winter! Take sledding for example, it’s a great aerobic exercise. Intensive aerobic exercise can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, strengthen your heart and lungs, lower your cholesterol, increase your stamina (more energy for work and play, energy to handle stress better and to sleep better), burn up calories, and increase your confidence. Looking for more intense sports? Go cross-country skiing or ice skating, snowshoeing and ice hockey. All of them will provide your cardio workout while building your strength and burning calories. If you’re looking for indoor activities while enjoying the cold weather, search for the nearest indoor ice-skating rink. It’s a great source of joy for every member of the family. Indoor pools work great for winter seasons if swimming is one of your hobbies. Swimming relieves stress, strengthens your muscles, increases cardiovascular fitness, and provides an full body workout. If you haven’t tried a rock-climbing wall yet, you should! There’s one available on the OSU campus in the Dixon Recreation Center for all ages. Climbing will boost your physical and brain function while reducing stress too. If you like to workout with groups, try joining one of the classes at Dixon. They’re full of people who will motivate you to work harder even in the winter season. They offer various kinds of sports for all intensity levels such as yoga, step aerobic, Zumba, and many more!


Winter, especially in the Pacific Northwest, does not foster a flourishing local produce season. Coincidentally, the holiday season favors energy-dense foods (or “empty-calorie” foods), such as desserts and starchy foods. However, nutrient-dense foods are essential for mental and physical well-being. Plantbased foods are vital to nutrient-dense nutrition. These foods may include: vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fruits. Plantbased nutrition emphasizes whole foods (foods that are not heavily processed), and minimizes meat, dairy, and refined food products. The benefits of a plant-based diet are incontrovertible. Plantbased nutrition lowers risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Further, this diet can aid weight loss or sustain a healthy weight. Studies also support a plantbased diet is more cost effective than an energy-dense diet; participants in the same study proved a decrease in medication dependency after the adoption of a plant-based diet. While the benefits are commendable, the question arises: how can one adopt a plant-based diet in the winter? Local, whole produce is available weekly at the Wednesday Corvallis Farmer’s Market and at local co-ops. Although gardening poses a challenge in winter months, indoor or hoop house gardening is a viable option to keep plants warm and thriving. Overall, a plant-based diet is attainable and beneficial to health in winter months.

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Annette on Real Estate

Our biggest problem is... I’ve written here before about our low, low inventory. As I’m writing this column we have, in all of Corvallis, 75 residential properties for sale. 68, not including condos and manufactured homes. If buyers are looking between $200,000 and $250,000 there are 9 houses right now I could show them. In a town of 56,000 people, that is incredibly low. But not only new-to-town buyers have a problem finding a home. Downsizing is also very difficult. If you own a bigger house, the kids have moved out, and now you’re looking for a single level around 2,000 sqft, I could right now show you 3 homes. If none of those are what you’re looking for, you certainly won’t put your current house on the market since if it sells fast –where do you go? In this way a low inventory works like a clogged drain.

Once spring sets in and properties are a bit more plentiful, many buyers who couldn’t find what they were looking for in winter, are waiting in the wings that we go straight back to the bidding wars of 2015, especially since the anticipated interest rate increases have not yet materialized. Therefore if a seller tries to anticipate higher prices by listing for an unrealistic price the house will most likely sit, regardless of whether there are any others. Sellers: if you are on the fence, start with getting a RPR valuation report (no, Zillow is not the place to go and find the value of your house…) from an experienced broker. Look at your property realistically. Our current low inventory won’t guarantee that a 70’s house, never updated, in need of a new roof, will sell for $220/sqft. But if you have a nicely updated home, in a good location with a new kitchen and baths, hardwood floors, and charm, priced

Annette Sievert is a top performing real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis, OR. Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette: 541-207-555

correctly, there will be plenty of buyers. If your home needs updates, factor those in and you can still sell well. Keep in mind, low inventory isn’t an excuse for subpar presentation. If you want top dollar, poorly lit pictures of bathrooms with the toilet seat up won’t help. A flawless presentation is what you want to present, online and in person. Ask your broker to have your property professionally staged, professionally photographed and to get one of those fabulous 3D tours that will show your house perfectly online (many buyers look remotely and might not be around when the right one comes up). The more perfectly your home shows, the better the results. All this, paired with our low inventory, should sell your home quickly and well. Get it going! Annette

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Sten Carlson

On the Money

Financial Planning at Every Life Stage Sten Carlson Just like there are four seasons in a year, there are different seasons of financial planning during your lifetime. Financial planning can help you can gain a better understanding of where you are at financially, how to prepare for challenges that may be ahead, and how to plan for where you want to go. Of course, every situation is unique, including the age and circumstances under which you begin implementing a financial strategy. And what suits you at age 25 is typically different from what meets your needs at age 55. In a nutshell, the stages include: Building assets — At the beginning of your career, your financial focus is typically on accumulating your assets. Your ability to earn income may be your most valuable asset, so investing in your career is critical. It’s also important to establish an emergency fund, build your personal savings and pay off student loans. Investing for the future — When you grow more successful financially, you will increase your discretionary income. During this stage, you’ll start planning and saving for future goals, such as a child’s college education and/or a comfortable retirement. Make sure you have a wellbalanced and tax-diversified portfolio to provide potential growth opportunities. Planning for retirement — As you near retirement, planning for it often becomes your financial priority. Begin by thinking about your retirement goals and dreams. Then, create a detailed plan that will help you get there. You’ll want to make sure you have the flexibility to take income in tax-efficient ways that will enable you to continue your lifestyle and be prepared for the unexpected in retirement. Generating retirement income — Once it’s time to enter retirement, begin implementing your retirement plan and

enjoying the assets you’ve accumulated. After a few months, reevaluate your plan and make adjustments so you stay on track. Leaving a legacy — As you become older and more financially secure, leaving a legacy becomes paramount. Legacy is about the impact you’ll make on people, charities and causes that are important you. It’s also about making sure you have the right beneficiaries in place to protect your assets. Of course, there is some overlap in each of these stages. For example, you may take steps to get the right protection in place while laying a foundation to grow your assets. Or you may take retirement income while planning ways to transfer your wealth. Regardless of the stage you’re in, it’s important to make sure that your legal and financial documents are properly structured to ensure the most efficient and effective transfer of your assets — including property, personal belongings and investments — in the event of your death. Doing so can give you the added peace of mind that comes from knowing your family is as financially stable no matter what happens.

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Heartspeak Inspiring Through Kindness At home in Portland, Oregon or traveling around the world, there is an element in my life that remains constant – the demonstration of kindness – give and take. Kindness is giving without an expectation of return. When you give freely without expectation, it can come back to you in some very unpredictable ways. What we put into the world has a powerful influence on what we receive. Simply being nice to other people because you believe that this will manipulate them into giving you what you want in life, or as a means of controlling them, is not kindness. Kindness is not about self-interested politeness, calculated generosity or superficial etiquette. What goes around comes around – and with kindness it really does. While traveling I have encountered and witnessed many acts of kindness from smiles, hugs, listening to a new friends story, given a seat on the bus, help with the internet, offered a piece of gym equipment without asking, to receiving extra


homemade tortillas, salsa and guacamole - because I have become obsessed in eating this triple threat every day! Research shows that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as inspiring others.

“One kind act is better than a thousand kind thoughts.” Kindness is contagious. Kindness has its true source deep within you, and while some people are innately kind, it’s something that everyone can cultivate by choice. After traveling this past year to Guatemala, Italy and Mexico I am no longer lost in translation with converting the US $ to Quetzal, Euro or Peso’ - kindness is my new currency – the return on investment has been amazing!

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5 suggestions to help you develop kindness in your life: 1 Acknowledge people’s presence.

Make eye contact, nod or say hi or smile!

2 Hold doors for people who have their hands full.

3 Greet people when you walk into work in the morning.

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Creating a Dream File By Heidi Powell

Heidi Powell BEFORE

You’ve been dreaming about your remodeling project for years. Some of your friends may have undertaken home improvement projects, but your ideas are entirely your own. You want your home to be a reflection of how you live and what you love. Before you meet with a design professional, create a clipping file of pictures of houses and rooms that you like. You can do this with pages torn from magazines or you can do it online. Houzz. com is a wonderful website where you can research ideas and styles and then set up ideabooks for different rooms in your house. You can later share your ideabook with your designer and swap ideas back and forth. Whether doing it online or the old fashioned way, once you have all your

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ideas in one place, then try to choose a few photos that best convey the look you are trying to achieve. Think about why you like the images that you have chosen. When the design on your project begins this will help to convey to the designer the look that appeals to you and help the designer recreate the “feel” for you.

Now that you have your list of priorities and your dream file, it’s time for that first meeting. If there’s more than one person involved in the decision-making it’s ideal to have both people present at the initial design meeting. Each of you will bring different “wants” to the table and these should all be considered from the outset.

A successful home transformation is partially about the look and feel of the new spaces and partially about which spaces will be impacted. Walk through your house and make a list of the things you want to change. Prioritize them into those with which you can live and those that absolutely must be changed. This narrows the scope of what you really most want to accomplish. While planning and budgeting, a clear list of priorities is essential to match the scope of the project to the desired budget range.

Your home remodeling project starts long before the first workman shows up at your home. It all begins with your dreams. By creating a dream file prior to meeting with your design professional and prioritizing your wish list, you will help your designer to work with you in establishing both the scope and style of your project. Ultimately this will maximize your design investment and give you plans that truly represent your vision.

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The Book Report

Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand, Building a Nation By Marc H. Choko Available through all major online retailers and

Old School With New Tools By Tim Brown and Dan Streeter Available through all major online retailers and

Up to now virtually nothing has been published about Canadian Pacific’s decisive role in “branding” Canada at home and abroad. This book takes the reader on a colorful, delightful and educational journey brought to life by hundreds of historical illustrations and photos, many of which have never been published before.

Just thirty years ago, the phone and our feet were the primary ways sales reps reached potential prospects and clients. However, today we have a plethora of technological tools that can be utilized in the sales process. When you combine the “old school” consultative sales methodologies with the “new tools” of the 21st century, it is absolutely game changing.

Center of Gravity By Laura McNeill Available through all major online retailers and in bookstores nationwide

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex By Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn Available through Amazon and

Readers will find this tale of domestic suspense deeply compelling as a once-happy family unit disintegrates and a woman summons her heretofore hidden strength. Told from multiple perspectives, McNeill’s gripping tale explores family, trust, and how lives are rebuilt.


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This is an in-depth exploration of one of Mexico’s most historic and popular foods. Illustrated with 50 sumptuous photographs, the book features more than 60 traditional and modern recipes for enchiladas, as well as 40 recipes for the salsas, sauces, salads, and sides that accompany them. February / March 2016

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It is estimated that one of every twenty homes in America contains a Thomas Kinkade artwork. Thomas Kinkade, the self-proclaimed “Painter of Light” built an astoundingly successful business. The Kinkade organization was at one point a billion dollar business -- back when you didn’t really hear about billion dollar businesses. In the heyday of the mid-1990’s, it seemed like Thomas Kinkade was everywhere -because he was. Kinkade hit on a formula for his “Painter of Light” paintings that struck a nerve with retail art buyers and he ran with it. Selling reproductions, licensing images, and cultivating a huge following among the legions of Christian art buyers, Kinkade’s images were ubiquitous. Kinkade often gets a bad rap from “true art” critics. “His paintings are sickeningly over-saturated,” “they look too cutesy,” “they look like hobbit villages,” -- the list goes on. Perhaps the bitter criticism has something to do with his amazing


success? Kinkade acknowledged his work was a little more “perfect” than reality, but if it makes people happy, how is that bad? Saying his work was too kitchy, is kind of like when people use to speak of Pop Art -- it used to be common to hear that Warhol (one of Kinkade’s art influences) was “just painting commercial products -- anyone can do that.” A Warhol sold at auction in 2013 for $105,000,000 - the second highest price for a work sold at auction to date. It looks like soup cans make people pretty happy too. No one can deny Thomas Kinkade was a gifted artist, a very gifted artist. But like so many creative people, Kinkade was burdened with an addictive personality, and in the end it proved to be his undoing. Struggling with alcohol, Kinkade made a few bad decisions which found their way into the press. Some of his alcohol fueled behavior didn’t help his reputation much. But Kinkade came of age in California in the 80’s. It was a different time. It was party central, and drinking to excess was often

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the goal. Many people have been there, and Kinkade was not the only casualty of the excesses of the 80’s. Those who choose to cast Kinkade as a bad person because of his drinking episodes need to think again. Perhaps those without sin should be the first to cast stones? Kinkade was, in addition to a gifted artist, successful businessman, occasional wild man, and icon of the times, a generous philanthropist, donating the proceeds from works he created expressly for various causes and groups. Some thought Kinkade was merely pandering to the Christians who were likely art buyers, Kinkade himself proclaimed to be a religious man, he gave all four of his daughters the middle name Christian. Whether he can be qualified as a “true Christian” or not, becomes a useless discussion; his actions spoke louder than his detractor’s words through his philanthropy. There is still a cacophony of discussion February / March 2016

about what Kinkade was, or was not. He was a complicated man, who left a lot behind when he passed too young. In the end, it’s up to each of us to form our own opinion about Thomas Kinkade. Kinkade’s work will be on display in Oregon at the LaSells Stewart Center’s Guistina Gallery on the Oregon State University Campus February 23 through March 9, 2016. This will be a rare opportunity to see Kinkade’s original work, sketches, and unfinished pieces. It will be a look inside Kinkade’s studio, unvarnished by commercialism. Artist’s reception March 9th, members of the Kinkade family will be on hand for this unique event.


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• Conceptual sketch done in San Francisco • “Bridge of Faith” - A work which raised enough money to support 85,000 children, and build a daycare and medical center in Guatemala. • Thomas Kinkade in Guatemala with World Vision.

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Bamboo Sushi The Fantastic Four

Portland’s best Japanese restaurant opens their fourth location. 402 SW 12th Ave, PORTLAND | (503) 444-7455


amboo Sushi recently opened their fourth location in Portland, and like the first three, it’s fabulous. The northwest Bamboo location opened as an “Izakaya” style eatery. Patrons loved it, but an overwhelming number of them asked “where’s the sushi?” So, the Northeast is now a sushi restaurant too. The new spot offers both, their fabulous sushi options and an izakaya “greatest hits” menu. Bamboo sushi is a very thoughtful business, not only in terms of the authenticity and presentation of their menu items. But also in terms of their business practices. Owner Kristofor Lofgren is a restrateur with a conscience. He goes out of his way - way out of his way - to ensure his fish is sourced from sustainable fisheries, his employees are treated well, and it’s not just talk, he invests heavily into sustainable practices, and puts in the time to make sure he’s “walking the walk.” Bamboo works with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Aspen Institute. The goal is for every fish, eaten at

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a Bamboo restaurant, two are put back in the ocean. So you can feel good about eating at Bamboo Sushi, not just because the food is stellar, but because Lofgren and Co. are working to make real, sustainability strides in the world. Make no mistake, this isn’t sushi like you find everywhere else. This is sushi elevated to the art form it is in Japan. Lofgren has spared no effort in bringing to Bamboo an authentic experience. He has traveled to Japan, seen and experienced the real thing, and even imported his executive chef - Jin Soo Yang, whose culinary skills are remarkable. Trying to describe the food at Bamboo is almost impossible - given my history of western foods. There is just something about almost everything on the menu: delicious, unique, cooked perfectly, with a flavor that is unlike anything you’ve likely had at other restaurants. It’s probably best for you to just go and see what it’s all about for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. And, the new location is going to have a rooftop deck this summer! I know where I’ll be eating in Portland!

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How Smart is Your Home? Smart Home technology is here. The systems are evolving rapidly and will someday control most electronic equipment in your home, from thermostats to security systems to appliances. Here is a sample of some recent products on the market. Snap Power LED Snap Power LED nightlights are clever devices that replace the cover plates on most standard duplex electrical outlets. Just remove the existing cover plate, slip on the Snap Power plate and the installation is complete. The nightlight is controlled by a photocell and only activates in darkness. This device is not compatible with all outlets so you would need to check your outlet before installation. Snap Power also offers replacement outlet cover plates with a standard USB charger built into the plate. Installation is identical to the nightlights. Safety first: Always turn off power to the outlets prior to installation to avoid shocks! Color Changing LEDs Color changing LED light bulbs, like the Philips Hue, allow you to create mood lighting, sync the lights with music, schedule the lights to change color, or turn on or off. The lights are controlled from wall switches, smart phones or tablets.   These bulbs can be installed in existing fixtures allowing you to upgrade your home lighting without hiring an electrician.

Echo Speaker Amazon brings audio into the smart-home age with the $179.99 Echo speaker. The Echo connects to the Internet and taps into Amazon’s universe of services to become a personal assistant that helps you shop; a knowit-all with sport, traffic and weather info; and a DJ when you’re not sure what to listen to. Amazon didn’t skimp on the sound quality either; the Echo compares favorably to other speakers that cost about the same.  The device’s Wi-Fi capabilities allow it to tap into the Internet and channel Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based Siri competitor. Powered by voice commands, Alexa can play music, buy products through Amazon, get traffic and weather updates, and more! From GE to Belkin to Apple, tons of products and whole ecosystems want to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable intelligent abode or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you. Where do you start? There is probably an app for that too!

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The Mendocino Coast

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When in Fort Bragg:

There’s a giant building in the middle of town at the intersection of Redwood and Main Streets called “The Company Store.” So named because it really used to be the company store for the Union Lumber Company. Now it houses a critically acclaimed restaurant “Mendo Bistro” - go there.

Also in the Company Store is the Mendocino Cookie Company. If you like cookies, this is your happy place. Both long term, local, & family owned. You can’t go wrong.

Photo: The Noyo Bridge, spanning the Noyo River, it’s the gateway to Fort Bragg


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docino Coast The Mendocino Coast is a remote, rugged stretch of the Northern California coast. Not far from Santa Rosa, the Sonoma / Napa wine country, and San Francisco -as the crow flies. But “as the car drives,” it takes some determination to get there. once you do get there, you’re in for a treat. The Mendocino Coast begins at Gualala -pronounced “wa la la,” a Native American word meaning “water coming down place” -- because of the Gualala river.

Then Point Arena, a historic port that was once a major shipping port for lumber headed to San Francisco. Then Elk, a tiny village consisting of a handfull of local businesses -- a great little store and a number of fabulous lodging options. Then, continuing north on CA Hwy 1, you’ll find Little River, which consists of a post office, another great little store (with excellent food), and the Little River Inn and Golf Course -- a coastal landmark that has been there for... ever, very nice.

Just a few more miles, maybe five, you’ll come to the “main attraction” Mendocino. Mendocino, or, “Mendo” as it’s known to the locals, is a historic little village of shops, very walkable streets, old wooden houses, great restaurants, art galleries and shops. Back in the day, like the 60’s and 70’s, Mendocino was a top destination for young people wanting to explore alternative lifestyles. After the “square 50’s” and Vietnam of the 60’s, much of America’s youth was

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done with the status quo, and migrated to Mendocino to become “hippies.” Perrenial home and favorite getaway of notable music figures, like the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, and others, and hideout for some of Hollywood’s A-list, Mendocino has always been very “artsy” -- think artists working en plein air, poets in dimly lit hideaways, and musicians at huge outdoor gatherings. Continuing north, another 10 miles, is the town of Fort Bragg -- the biggest town on the coast, but not big in any sense of the word. Historically, in contrast to Mendocino’s “paisley collar” residents, Fort Bragg was the blue collar stronghold. Hard working loggers and fishermen were the residents of Fort Bragg, almost exclusively. Salmon, Ling Cod, Rock Fish, Crab, and Sea Urchin for the Japanese (sushi) market were the prey for the fishing crowd. And the loggers were engaged in the pursuit of the mighty Redwood. The booming economy resulting from the local industry made for some great years in Fort Bragg, and some very enthusiastic celebration, as evidenced by some of the long-time watering holes like The Tip Top Lounge, The Welcome Inn, The Golden West and The Milano. If you want

one of the most authentic Fort Bragg experiences, go visit any one of them. Another 10 miles north is Westport, a tiny, wind shaped village, and the last town of note on the Mendocino Coast. Worth a visit, and just before Westport, on the ocean side of the road, you’ll find Pacific Star Winery -- the only winery on the coast that is right on the water. Word of caution... Pacific Star Winery sits atop the Pacific Star Fault, part of the San Andreas Fault System. So if the “big one” comes, get ready for some impromptu body surfing. But what a way to go. In Fort Bragg, fishing has declined, and logging has slowed as well, the Georgia Pacific Mill which sat on the waterfront in the center of town was shuttered in the early 2000’s and many of the fishermen from back in the day spend their time telling fish stories now. Fort Bragg has been gentrified (pretty much) and now boasts some great restaurants, including the best pizza you’ll find anywhere at Bernillos Pizza on Redwood Ave. Mendocino has even become a lot more “center” than it was. Many of the hippies are now BMW driving attorneys and elected officials, and many of the

old, funky shops like Alfonso’s who for years sold clove cigarettes, newspapers, and uh... not sure what else, are gone and are now replaced by polished shopping experiences. Thankfully it’s still far from commercialized, the Mendocino Coast is still small business, owned by locals. The remote location, tight building controls, and lack of a public water system all contribute to Mendocino’s charm, and lack of corporate eyesores -- no strip mall with the usual 10 Americana storefronts in Mendo. Not now, not anytime soon. Point Arena, way back when, was the domain of loggers, Italian ranchers and farmers, and fishermen who’s home port was Point Arena Harbour. Now Point Arena boasts one of the best French Pastry shops you’ll find (Frannie’s), art galleries and a restored theater that serves fresh brownies and tea. No matter where you find yourself along the Mendocino Coast, you’ll be in awe of the stunning coastal views around every turn, and you’ll find yourself rested, relaxed and recharged when leave.

When in Point Arena: The historic Point Arena Lighthouse! Open to the public, and you can walk the stairs to the top - not for the faint of heart! MOA Gallery, huge art gallery houses local artists work. Franny’s Cup & Saucer - right in the middle of town. Don’t be put off by the middle of nowhere location, this is a world class operation!

Photo: The Point Arena Lighthouse


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When in Mendo: The Mendocino Hotel, the big yellow building right above this text, is a landmark. It’s been there since 1878. Great restaurant, great rooms, fun stay. Just to the east of the hotel: Dick’s Place - a bar that’s been there forever as well. Lot’s of history in this place. Right behind the Hotel: The MacCallum House - another great old hotel, since 1882. Also a great stay. And of course, drive west along the headlands for a great place to park and drink a coffe or eat a picnic lunch. Photo: The village of Mendocino from the South.

Getting there: If you prefer the freeway, take I-5 south to Williams, CA then Hwy 20 East through Clearlake to CA Hwy 101, then north to get back on Hwy 20 to Fort Bragg. Scenic Route: Take I-5 to Grants Pass then 199 over to the coast at Crescent City, CA, then south on Hwy 101 to Hwy 1 cutoff at Leggett.

Photo: The Coast off Elk, CA

Super Scenic Route: Take Oregon 20 to the coast, turn left, head south to CA 101, then 1 at Leggett. Allow plenty of time for any route. The hard part is when you’re almost there - the road from Leggett to Fort Bragg is a doozy. Hairpin turns punctuated by giant Elk, sometimes standing in the road. Hwy 20 from 101 to Fort Bragg: same thing, but no elk, more turns, and steep downhills in the first seven miles.

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Live Strong, Live Long at SpringRidge at Charbonneau At SpringRidge at Charbonneau retirement community, wellness is a way of life. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), SpringRidge provides residents a wide variety of programs, amenities, resources and motivation to live healthy, active and enjoyable lives. “At SpringRidge, we provide our residents with more than resort-style living,” said Garth Hallman executive director for SpringRidge at Charbonneau. “Complementing our lush grounds, beautiful interiors spaces, and extraordinary amenities and services are wellness resources that keep our residents informed, progressive and healthy.” Take for example the recent wellness workshop hosted by SpringRidge, featuring renowned brain health educator and founder of MINDRAMP consulting, Roger Anunsen. This interactive presentation on brain health and creative aging provided residents and guests with behaviors that protect, repair and grow vital brain structures and sustain brain health. SpringRidge’s comprehensive wellness program extends beyond wellness workshops to residents’ everyday life. Here are three practical ways residents improve their health and wellbeing daily at SpringRidge. Get up and go! With just 30 minutes of movement three days a week like walking, seniors can reduce stress and risks of disease while also increasing their endurance and mobility. Whether it’s a stroll around the community, working out in the fully-equipped fitness center or joining a water aerobic class in the heated pool, SpringRidge residents stay on-the-move and fit. Heart-healthy dining. Residents enjoy restaurant-style dining staffed by an exceptional culinary team at SpringRidge. Here, they can find fresh, heart-healthy options that include the same beneficial flavonoids (found in dark chocolate and many vegetables and fruits) that many scientists believe lower risk for cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Stay engaged & social. Studies show that keeping your mind and body active and engaged is beneficial to your health, wellbeing and longevity. SpringRidge residents are never at a loss for things to do – or interesting people to get to know. The community offers a wide-range of social, cultural, educational and recreational offerings daily.

Let’s talk about something retirement communities hardly ever mention. Accreditation. Because having the confidence and peace of mind of accreditation is important. So, let’s talk. SpringRidge is accredited by CARF International. It’s an independent organization that sets exceedingly high standards for care and service. It’s a lot like an accreditation for a hospital or college. Or a five-star rating for a hotel. But like most things in life, you have to see it to believe it. So, let’s talk some more at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 503.862.9498 to schedule.

For more than 25 years, this combination of a supportive atmosphere, first-class resources, and a service-enriched lifestyle has significantly aided in the personal fulfillment and longevity of SpringRidge residents’ lives. To learn more how you can continue your engaging lifestyle at SpringRidge, call 503.489.9467.

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Changing Tides And Landscape Offer A Glimpse Into Tillamook Coast History by Adam Sawyer

Ample helpings of natural beauty and human history run up and down the Tillamook coast. Two of the most interesting examples, and ones that offer terrific hiking experiences, are Netarts Spit and Bayocean Spit. One is accessible at low tide; the other became more accessible after changing tides swallowed up a resort community.

Netarts Spit In the native language of the Tillamook tribe, “Ne ta at”, loosely translates to “near the water.” It is a very fitting description for an area that would later adopt a morphed version of the phrase for a name - Netarts. Dating back to the early 1400s, the earliest known Tillamook settlement in the area was in Netarts. And the largest occupation was on the Netarts Spit. The Netarts Spit is a roughly 5-mile long stretch of sand and vegetation that helps form the Netarts Bay. Accessible from Cape Lookout State Park, the spit offers great views of the bay, the town of Netarts, and the Pacific Ocean. It is also one of the great hiking spots on the Tillamook Coast.

The beach along the oceanside of the spit is laden with sand dollars, though finding one intact can be a challenge, depending on the time of year. But the stands of Sitka spruce, shore pine, and willow form an oasis of flora down the spit’s spine. A 10-mile round trip hike along the narrow spit is best done at low tide, and leaves from the day use area near Cape Lookout Park’s campground. Once out on the spit, a network of trails and game paths weave through the middle. The views get better the farther you walk, with the villages of Netarts and Oceanside, and the Three Arch Rocks looming close at the end of the spit. Return the way you came and with any luck you will arrive back at the car with some great photos and a sand dollar or two.

Adam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and published guidebook author based out of Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, and Backpacker Magazines. He currently pens articles as the Portland Hiking Examiner for and authored the bi-weekly column Portland Family Outdoors for Craigmore Creations. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a Brand Ambassador for the company. In addition to “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon,” he is the author of the forthcoming “Best Adventures Near Portland,” and the co-author of “Hiking Waterfalls in Washington,” all for Falcon Guides. Adam is also a “Resident Expert” for Portland Walking Tours and leads a variety of tours through the streets of Portland, including the company’s popular Epicurean Excursion. Follow him at


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Bayocean Spit The Bayocean Spit is a wonderfully eclectic stretch of dunes, trees and understory that is a sand-based dividing line between the Tillamook Bay and the Pacific Ocean. In the early 1900s, it was where a wide-eyed developer envisioned the “Atlantic City of the West.” Those plans were ill fated, however, and as the spit, recessed and reformed, many of the buildings that were constructed near the shore were claimed by the sea or rendered unsafe. In 1954, the spit washed out and became an island, and in 1960, the last remaining home was destroyed. Today very little remains of the former town. Nevertheless, the spit has rewritten its geography, and if you are in the market for a surprisingly diverse, customizable coast hike that is easy on elevation gain, this is it. A 7.8-mile loop will take you around the whole thing, but there are plenty of shorter options. Thanks to a number

of marked trails that cut across the spit from the gravel road of the bay side over to the beach, you can easily extend or pull the chute on your outing rather easily based on how your contingent is feeling. Starting up the gravel road from the parking area, enjoy the view across the bay into the towns of Tillamook and Garibaldi. The road soon enters the trees and the path winds and ascends briefly before meeting the bay again. The character of the walk changes numerous times as you pass by shore pine, spruce, and alder trees beset by salal, sword fern and Scots broom. You will walk by a handful of marked trails leading across the spit before reaching the jetty and crossing over to the beach side. From there, you will enjoy a wide-open walk down the beach with views of Cape Meares off in the distance. The beach is often uncrowded, a reminder of why Bayocean Spit is a favorite getaway for locals.

Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is one of the state’s natural wonders. Picturesque bays, inland waterways, forests, farmlands, rivers and ocean beaches offer visitors a wide range of nature-based activities from surfing, kayaking, fishing and clamming to beachcombing and hiking. Fresh seafood from river, bay, ocean to table is Tillamook’s forte, as is world-famous cheese to casual breweries and wine tasting. The Tillamook Coast includes several villages, each with their own unique heritage, personality and charm sprawling from northern Nehalem Bay and Manzanita to southern Pacific City and cozy Neskowin. For more information and to plan your natural choice getaway, visit

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Cheryl Lohman Some people think that using sunscreen will prevent them from getting adequate Vitamin D. Vitamin D controls the absorption of important minerals (such as iron, magnesium and zinc). Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a compromised immune system, osteoporosis and more. Some cancers, such as prostate, colon and breast, have even been linked to a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D is obtained through our diet or can be produced by our bodies with exposure to adequate sunlight. Since sunscreens prevent sunlight from interacting with our skin, it’s easy to see why people don’t want to wear sunscreen. Over-exposure to UV radiation is linked to skin cancer. There are more than 1.3 million new annual cases diagnosed in the U.S., most of which can be attributed to sun exposure. In addition, UV radiation is a major cause of photo-aging and contributes to wrinkles, saggy skin, brown spots, and the “old leather shoe” look .


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Delicious and good for you too! Enchiladas Berenjenas (Eggplant)

Yields 12 enchiladas / Serves 4–6

Technically this is not a true enchilada, because the filling is wrapped with an eggplant slice instead of a corn tortilla, but the presentation, enrollada y enchilada (rolled and sauced with chile), is similar to many enchilada recipes and a delicious vegetarian option. Corn tortillas still make it into the recipe—they are served on the side.


For the eggplant wrapping:

* 2 large purple eggplants, ends trimmed

For the sauce: * 1 recipe Poblano Cream Sauce (below) For the filling: * 1 cup (140 grams) zucchini, small dice * 1 cup (140 grams) yellow squash, small dice * 1 cup (140 grams) red onion, small dice * 2–3 cups (240–360 grams) queso

asadero, grated (some reserved for topping) * 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil * Kosher salt to taste For the garnish: * Black Bean Relish (see page 82) * Corn tortillas on the side


Start with the eggplant wrapping:

* Cut the eggplants lengthwise into 1⁄8-inch (3 mm) slices (1 slice per enchilada). Brush lightly with oil and season with salt. Grill 30 seconds per side, or until slightly soft but not falling apart. Set aside. Prepare the sauce: * Prepare the poblano cream sauce as directed * If the sauce was prepared ahead of time, reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat. When heated, reduce heat to very low, cover, and keep warm, but do not allow to boil.

Make the filling:

* Place the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add

Poblano Cream Sauce Yields 4 cups (1 liter)


* 5 poblano chiles, fire roasted, peeled, deseeded, and deveined (see page 57) * 1⁄2 medium yellow or white onion, peeled, medium dice * 2 teaspoons (5 grams) garlic, minced * 1 1⁄2 cups (355 ml) half and half * 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt * Drizzle of vegetable oil * 1 teaspoon (5 grams) unsalted butter

the zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and a pinch of salt. * Sauté the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. * Add 1 cup (120 grams) queso asadero. Toss together until the cheese is melted. Adjust the seasoning, set aside, and keep warm.

Assemble the enchiladas:

* Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). * Have the garnishes ready and at hand. * Place approximately 2 tablespoons filling on the lower third of an eggplant slice and roll up. Place in an ovenproof baking dish large enough to accommodate the enchiladas in a single layer. * Repeat with the remaining eggplant slices. * When the slices are filled and rolled, cover with the poblano cream sauce and 1–2 cups (120–240 grams) queso asadero. Place in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. * Garnish with the black bean relish just before serving. * Serve warm corn tortillas on the side.


* Roughly chop the prepared poblano chiles. * Add the butter and a drizzle of oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, 3–5 minutes. * Add the garlic and sauté for 1 additional minute. * Stir in the poblanos. * Add the half and half and salt to the saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. * Pour into a blender and purée until smooth. (Be careful not to overfill blender; if necessary, process the sauce in batches.) * If proceeding immediately with a recipe, return the sauce to the saucepan, cover, and keep warm, but do not boil. Note: Sauce may be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


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Experience the history of this restored schoolhouse that now serves as a gathering space for small and large groups alike. Fresh ingredients and a peaceful setting make for the perfect dining atmosphere. Enjoy traditional lunch fare and signature dishes! Our staff will help create a memorable event that will surely meet your needs. Mon-Fri 10am-3pm


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Yields 6 enchiladas / Serves 6 This is a good hot weather recipe, a great first course for spring brunches and light meals. Ingredients For the vinaigrette: * 5 guajillo chiles, cleaned, destemmed, deseeded, and dry roasted * 2–3 chipotles en adobo * Zest of 1 orange * 3⁄4 cup (178 ml) rice wine vinegar * 1 tablespoon (10 grams) fresh ginger, peeled and grated * 1 1⁄2 teaspoons (1 gram) fresh oregano or 1⁄2 teaspoon (1 gram) dried Mexican oregano * 1⁄2 teaspoon (1 gram) ground allspice * 1⁄2 medium white onion, peeled, small dice, rinsed in a sieve, and patted dry * 2 tablespoons (26 grams) sugar * 1 1⁄4 cups (296 ml) vegetable oil * Kosher salt to taste For the shrimp: * 24 medium shrimp (1 1⁄4–1 1⁄2 pounds, 567–680 grams, before preparing) * 2 tablespoons (30 ml) avocado oil or other vegetable oil * Kosher salt to taste * Guajillo chile powder to taste (see note) For the assembly: * 24 inner leaves from hearts of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces * 6 fresh white corn tortillas * 12 cherry tomatoes, halved * Cilantro microgreens (or substitute arugula, radish, or other spicy microgreens, see note)

Directions Start with the vinaigrette: * Soak the prepared guajillo chiles in hot water until soft, about 15 minutes. * Place in a blender along with the chipotles en adobo, orange zest, and vinegar, and pulse until the chiles and zest are finely minced. * Add the ginger, oregano, allspice, onion, and sugar. * With the blender running, slowly add the vegetable oil until emulsified.


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* Add salt to taste. Whisk or shake well before using. Prepare the shrimp: * Peel and devein the shrimp. * Place the avocado oil in large pan over medium-high heat. * When the oil is hot, add shrimp and cook, frequently stirring or tossing, until just opaque, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. * Remove the shrimp from pan. Season with salt and guajillo chile powder to taste, place on a warm plate, and loosely cover with foil. Assemble the enchiladas: * Have the salad components ready and at hand. * Toss the romaine lettuce with just enough vinaigrette to coat. * Warm the tortillas on a dry comal, iron griddle, or skillet until soft and pliable. * Place the tortillas on individual serving plates, 1 per serving. * Top with the dressed romaine lettuce and shrimp, 4 per serving. * Garnish with the cherry tomatoes, 4 halves per plate, and microgreens to taste. * Drizzle a little more vinaigrette over the top just before serving. Note: To make the ground guajillo chile powder: Clean, destem, deseed, and dry roast a guajillo chile until crisp and grind to a powder in a spice grinder. Microgreens are tiny vegetable greens that are harvested when a plant is very young—less than 2 weeks old and 2–3 inches in height. They add both flavor and visual interest to a dish.

Black Bean Relish Yields about 1 cup (237 ml)


* 1⁄4 cup (60 grams) cooked black beans, rinsed and chilled (see page 60) * 1⁄4 cup (40 grams) frozen corn kernels, defrosted * 1⁄4 cup (40 grams) red bell pepper, small dice * 1⁄4 cup (40 grams) red onion, small dice * Handful cilantro, chopped * Lime juice to taste * Kosher salt to taste


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February / March 2016

Upcoming Events PERFORMANCES

February  2/7, 5:00pm, China Night 2016  2/21, 4:00pm, Anderson & Roe – Corvallis-OSU Piano International  2/28, 3:00pm, The Final Frontier – Corvallis-OSU Symphony  2/29 – 3/1, All Day, High School Band Festival 2016  2/29, 7:30pm, OSU Wind Ensemble Concert

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March  3/1, 7:30pm, OSU Wind Symphony and Campus Band  3/10, 7:00pm, Reinis Zarins Fundraiser Concert & Dinner  3/15, 7:30pm, Corvallis Community Band Winter Concert


February  2/4 – 2/6, All Day, 8th Organic Seed Grower’s Conference  2/8 – 2/9, All Day, Willamette Fisheries Science Review  2/10, 7:00pm, Nigel Poor Lecture - Art in the Criminal Justice System  2/11, 6:00pm, TEDx: 2016  2/13, 9:00am, Insights Into Gardening  2/17, 7:30pm, Ruth Reichl – Provost Lecture Series  2/18, 3:00pm, Starker Lecture Series 2016  2/20, 9:00am, Small Farms Conference 2016  2/20, 6:30pm, Trout Unlimited Film – Blueback Chapter  2/23, 7:30pm, Deepak Chopra @ OSU – The Future of Well Being March  3/3, 3:00pm, Starker Lecture Series 2016  3/4 – 3/6, All Day, Oregon Veterinary Conference  3/29, 9:00am, Grape Day 2016  3/31, 7:00pm, Knudson Public Lecture

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January/February  1/26 – 2/19, Albany Artists 10x10 Public art reception will be held on 2/3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. February/March  2/23 – 3/15, What Will Last? Original works from the Thomas Kinkade Collection A public art reception will be held on 3/9 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm Regular Gallery Hours Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Printmakers Hand

Don’t miss your chance to show off your print work! This exhibit will be accepting multiple mediums of art prints such as silk screening, lithography, offset printing and much more! Submission DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Exhibit Date: March 23 through April 22, 2016 Reception Date: Friday, April 1 at 6:30pm

Exhibit Dates: February 23 through March 15, 2016 This exhibit will also feature select works by Winsor Kinkade and Charles Kelly. Public Reception Date: Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00pm

6:30pm - Crescendo of Color by Reinis Zarins & Winsor Kinkade. Bathe yourself in an audio and visual performance by Reinis, the piano prodigy from Latvia, and Winsor, the daughter of renowned artist Thomas Kinkade. Join us for MusicPainting and experience music visualized. 7:00pm - The Hidden N: Living with the Painter of Light. Nanette Kinkade, the wife of the artist Thomas Kinkade, will speak about the collection exhibited and what has lasted from the life and legacy of her late husband.

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Willamette Living Feb / March 2016  

Our first issue of 2016! Local art, food and fun. Enjoy!

Willamette Living Feb / March 2016  

Our first issue of 2016! Local art, food and fun. Enjoy!