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Beer and yoga seem like the unlikeliest of combinations. Then again, people experience both things to “loosen up,” so why not put them together? As unlikely as it is exciting, Beer Yoga at Walkabout Brewing Company kicked off a month ago—May 5 to be exact—with just a few attendees, yet

Over the past several years, Medford Beer Week has ballooned to more than one hundred beer-related events. (And, actually the “week” is 10 days, June 7-16, but perhaps they are seeing double on some of those days.) From collaborations between some of the best breweries in the state, beer release

If you really think about it, windows are like the frame for living art. Whether it’s a willow tree overhanging an ornate fountain surrounded by a lush bed of flowers or a white picket fence guarding a perfectly mowed lawn, art is thriving outside. Banyan Tree Landscape Construction has been

The ingredients are simple: Combine water, sugar, and a little deep frying. But the possibilities are infinite.   These four local donut eateries have perfected the classics, while also creating new delicious flavors that becomes coffee’s best friend. Magic Donuts: The donuts were already nearly cleared out for the day

Rogue Valley Messenger: You won 85 percent of the vote. What was that experience like? Michelle Blum Atkinson: I was honored to win 85 percent of the vote in the contested primary; the support of my community means a lot to me. I think the people of Medford are ready

To escape this article, find another word for “escape” that rhymes with “glee.” The Rogue Valley offers a bounty of group activities from eating out, catching a show or hiking the Table Rocks, but perhaps none as mentally stimulating and potentially thrill-tastic as Escape Rooms, a frantic and fun activity

As far as trends go, storytelling must rank as one of the more surprising ones of the 21st century, in a time when individuals are spending more time sucked into their computers and phones than actively listening to one another—or, so we are told. Perhaps more traditionally, storytelling was considered

A summer without visiting one of Oregon’s State Parks is like standing in Giza and not noticing the Pyramids. Ranked in the top ten nationally, Oregon now hosts nearly 50 million annual park visitors. To help stimulate necessary revenue for rising costs of maintenance, a new flexible seasonal fee for

Much like a qualifying round for the Scripps Spelling Bee, a high school film contest in the Rogue Valley has been whetting the desires of young moviemakers in southern Oregon for a decade now to produce short films of national caliber quality. The 48/48 Video Challenge, created by local director,

Dami Roelse is an Ashland resident who is the author of an inviting new book, Walking Gone Wild, How to Lose Your Age On the Trail.  I sat down with the avid hiker at her home, where she poured us cups of Chai and settled into the chair across from

Sound

A symphonic progressive metal rocker, somewhat reminiscent of Lita Ford, Klarissa Collins is an intelligent, thoughtful and driven 28-year old. She is talented, and a musician to watch as she settles into her new band, Final Aeon, made up of three women and one man. But as confident and talented

While everyone has the band they love and would go see them perform in a back alley with garbage trucks rumbling by, venue can be almost as important as the music being played. The growing house concert movement is a sure sign that audiences want to be closer to the

It was never their original plan, but Hilltop Music has grown into one of the largest sellers of instruments in Southern Oregon. “Our goal here is to be the musical hub for the valley,” says Wayne Cameron, the shop’s owner. Cameron started out in the little California town of Idyllwild,
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