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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

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

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

Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars expects to dazzle another sold-out audience with talent and heart this year at its annual fundraising event on November 10 sponsored by Newswatch 12 and Banner Bank. But, what makes a Rogue Valley star shine? Is it the biggest personality? Is it the most

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

From break-dancer to graffiti artist to DJ, Masta X Kid, has explored all that is hip-hop. “I was just X-Kid for years and years until 2013 when the band Green Day came out with a song called ‘X-Kid’ and wiped out my social media presence, so I changed to Masta

Rogue River—beautiful. Add art—magnificent. Add music and it becomes Art Along the Rogue. Like a skilled restoration painter, this event takes local natural beauty and enhances it with music and lots of chalk. The madonnaras (street painters) will use a temporary medium to turn ordinary city streets into a bountiful

Americans shop online, communicate through text, slack and e-mail, converse with Alexa and drive connected to GPS. Is the writing on the wall? Are board games and card games a thing of the past? Not in the Rogue Valley where some gaming centers are thriving. These centers specialize in analog

Bigfoot, The Ducks, Ty Burrell from “Modern Family,” Don Pedro Colley from Dukes of Hazzard, Truffles, and the Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF)—all Oregon treasures. For the second year in a row KIFF is the only film festival that is Oregon-centric. And the Festival plans to keep this niche going

How does a 22-year old who records his first album (Pangaea) in his basement and bedroom singing and playing acoustic guitar make it to the big time? Ask Jason McCue. He may not be at the “big time” yet, but he is on his way. This young man’s lyrics are

Wearing dark sunglasses and puffing his cheeks out like a kid carrying a secret stash of large gumballs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews makes playing trombone look cool and easy. And when his trombone-playing syncopates with the saxophone, popping and locking is no problem for anyone who wants to dance. But