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Community is a word that is used often. And most often as a noun. Which it is. As a word to describe those around you, and a shared sense of belonging and, hopefully, responsibility. But “community” can also be a verb. As in, to be actively engaged. To support. The

Not that long ago tattoos were a taboo subject only unruly young adults participated in, or at least that was the stereotype. Today, ink knows no demographics.   For Benja Zohara, owner and tattoo artist at Universal Rites Tattoo in Ashland, tattooing was a natural way of life. Growing up

Re-elected by a slight majority, pulling in 51% of the vote over two challengers, Stephen Jensen is returning to Ashland City Council this January. Rogue Valley Messenger: Why did you return to city council? Unfinished business? Stephen Jensen: I was appointed for six months to fill out a term and

No more excuses. No high-wet grass to discourage kids from running out on the soccer field. No prohibitive costs limiting families from getting involved. No misconceptions that soccer is only for the elite. Oregon Futbol Academy, located in Grants Pass, now has an indoor facility making year-round soccer accessible and

Between that last morsel of pumpkin pie and racing out the door to conquer the cheapest PlayStation or Samsung, there’s digestion. A walk after your Thanksgiving meal might ease that full belly, along with the pressures of the holiday shop-a-thon pandemonium. The last, and best, course of the meal could

The term “movies” was coined for moving pictures when they first came out. And films, also move us emotionally. Short films, featured in the Wandering Reel Film Festival coming to Barnstormer Theatre in Grants Pass on November 17 and 18, are in motion because they travel from venue to venue

When I first moved to southern Oregon, I went to a wine tasting party with my sister and a group of her friends. I hadn’t been out of college for more than a few months, which meant I was still in that phase of my life where “expensive” beer was

The development of cancer is more of a process than a disease, and one that takes decades to develop in most cases. In his book “The Emperor of All Maladies,” Siddhartha Mukherjee describes the evolution from a healthy cell to a cancerous one as being a protracted, glacial event characterized

Liberty Arts in Yreka is a hidden gem, with 10 years of success and a very dedicated following. Their art is so strong, openings typically draw 150 patrons. Investing in a 40-minute drive will lead to the best California contemporary art north of the Bay Area. Liberty resides in the

Sound

Do you remember the old Memorex ads? Is it live or Memorex? A man sits in an arm chair, his hair blown back by the sheer power of music—and by a song that has been recorded on tape, not the live power Marshall amps thumping out sound waves. Sure, some

“I always say, hearing a symphony is like reading a novel,” says Conductor and Music Director of Rogue Valley Symphony Martin Majkut. Following that line of logic, the 50-year-old symphony has produced and performed tomes of music. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he says music was “sort of omnipresent.” He learned

Imagine if No Doubt’s lead singer, Gwen Stefani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers front man, Anthony Kiedis, got together. But instead of trading places like in the movie, Freaky Friday, they merged styles and had a love child—Fortune’s Folly would be the result. Lead singer, Calysta, describes the music of
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