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Vanessa Newman

Vanessa Newman

Vanessa Newman taught Rogue Valley Manor residents to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Rogue Community College students to do Pilates and Parkinson’s clients to dance. She grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Colorado and now resides in Oregon with her family. She began writing at age eight, but now she writes more and can be found relocating chocolate at Lillie Belle Farms. She has published articles in IDEA, Rocky Mountain Sports, Women’s Edition, Rogue Valley Messenger and online at Livestrong.com and eHow. She has also written online courses for companies like SkillSoft, Chevron, and Anheuser-Busch. Her published children’s books and novels are available at Amazon, SoulSongFlutes

  When you are off the grid, trying to hop back can be off-putting. Consider how my interview with Nazel Pickens (aka Robin Terranova Host of The Folk Show on Jefferson Public Radio) started out: “The phone lines are down,” he explained, “and I had to drive to a friend’s

Lughnasa is a Celtic Feast Day celebrated on August 1, so it is fitting that Medford’s Collaborative Theater Project would be opening its production of Dancing at Lughnasa in August. The play, written in 1990 by Brian Friel, starts August 22 and runs through September 15. Directed by Rick Robinson

It is not his first time in Ashland, but it has been “many moons” since his last performance here and Julian Marley is ready to bring the love on August 24. Born in 1975 to Bob Marley and Lucy Pounder, the apple has not fallen far from the tree. Marley

  It is Summer and catching a wave at the beach sounds fun, but what if you could let multiple waves wash over you right here in Southern Oregon. WaveTonix is a new business on 4 th street in Ashland that uses sound wave therapy to improve wellness. Low- frequency

  Insects with wings can ruin your summer outing (wasps at a barbecue, right?) or elevate it (a butterfly or two in a garden, awwww!). The Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC) which has been around for 14 years is a treasure many stumble upon on their way to the Coast

In its ninth year, both organizers, Chris Dennett and Nick Ellis have watched Medford Beer Week turn into a “metric week” (that is, 10 days) with more events than the year before and even a “bonus day.” Dennett explains their goal is to present the entire ecosystem of beers in

Step back into the 1950s where gender expectations and experiences were much stricter and, well, binary. Men were expected to be a certain definition of men, and women were similarly constrained, and witches were, well, it’s complicated. The era’s cultural, political and sexual constraints help set the perimeters for John

What is the beef about the wildlands? I attended a showing at the Medford Library of two films, Saving Wellington produced by Greeley Wells and Ed Keller and Walking the Wild Applegate by Tim Lewis. The first film was a documentary recently featured at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The

“Folk is music for the people,” says Jacqui Aubert, one of the two founders of Ashland Folk Collective. She and her partner, Dan Sherrill, who also works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, began the collective in 2017.  The focus is on “progressive” folk defined as original music by singer/songwriters predominantly.

Open for six weeks only, and I am already over the moon about Luna Mexican Cuisine in Medford. Luna is situated in the Harry and David shopping plaza not far from McGrath’s. I recommend you let the crescent shape guide your way because the sign lettering is difficult to read