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‘Twas the day before my work Christmas party, And a present is needed STAT. How could I forget such an important thing as that? The lines are too long at Wal Mart; Amazon Prime’s two days out. It looks like my Secret Santa partner will have to pout. But, hark!

Holiday decorations seem to go up sooner every year, and Christmas tunes start playing right after Halloween. What gives? Do people enjoy the songs or just love to hate them because it is better to vent at the radio or a store PA system than their families? Wham’s “Last Christmas”

One of the fondest Christmas memories anyone can create is hunting for one’s own Christmas tree. For some families they find their tree within the first couple minutes and then spend the rest of the day sledding, having a spirited snowball fight, and drinking hot chocolate. For others, hunting for

Once through the holidays—which themselves can be comedic and horrific at times—the winter film season starts off with a balanced blend of the Killer Valley Comedy and Horror Film Festival on January 4 (comedy) and January 5 (horror) at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites. Killer Valley Horror Film Festival

Rogue Valley Messenger: Do you remember your first pet? Karen Evans: My first pet was a Collie named Lassie. My parents got her for me when I was very young. She quickly became my best friend. We were inseparable. I believe she is the reason for my lifelong love of

To get there, walk past the bronze man playing chess in the square, continue toward the red umbrellas and when you see the theater to your right, you have arrived at Misoya Bistro. It is a Bistro, in the sense that they have affordably-priced options, but portions are not small

The holiday season means a few things for those of us who participate: 1. We’ll be forced to spend time with family we haven’t seen for most of the year, 2. Stress shopping and 3. Enough Holiday music to drive someone mad. There is one thing that helps in living

Sometimes relatives you haven’t seen in a while cram every story from the previous year into the precious time they have with you over Christmas dinner. Right? Well, Every Christmas Story Ever Told is sort of like this, but less annoying, more entertaining and nobody goes home hungry. Not if

The 2018-19 junior league ice hockey season is well under way and though it’s been a bit of a shaky opening for the Southern Oregon Spartans, their outlook remains optimistic. “It’s been challenging,” admits assistant coach, Matt Reed. Six straight losses during November away games against Canadian teams, Edson Aeros

Art is represented in many mediums, but something we so often overlook is how far down an artist dug to realize art. “As an artist, that’s what I do; I dive deep within to create something, and then I share it with others,” says local artist Marigny Goodyear. On Oct.

My Tongue Itches Food allergies are very common in the US. Food allergies fall into two broad categories. IgE food allergies are the more serious of the two. This type of allergy is possibly life threatening; it affects approximately 15 million Americans. Eight types of foods account for over 90

To say the world is big would be a huge understatement — the Hawaiian island of Oahu is 597 square miles just by itself! And with there being so much to see, it’s always great to get outside and experience all that nature has to offer. No matter the season

Sound

It was 1982 when “Save It For Later” was playing across airwaves in the United States and abroad, straight from the Special Beat Service album by English Beat. But just as many Americans were being introduced to the fusion of rock, ska, punk and reggae that was easy to dance

Southwest Ireland in the 1950s was a region largely devoid of televisions, cars, or even telephones; an information island. Growing up during this time for Tomáseen Foley meant taking in the enchanting oral storytelling of anyone who could tell a tale. Sunday, December 23, Foley will perform “A Celtic Christmas,”

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
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