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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

CURTAIN RISES; NARRATOR SPEAKS: What say ye of these two theatres in the Rogue Valley? In the fair town of Ashland long, long ago (May of 1991), several fair maidens and gentlemen who were friends to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival collaborated and established Ashland Community Theatre (ACT). That same theatre

Singing is like breathing for Ann Wilson. When she belts out lyrics to The Who’s “Don’t Get Fooled Again” or Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” or Heart’s “Barracuda” there is power, courage and passion exhaled. “The stage is where I have always lived; where I’ve expressed my deepest emotions

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

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

“We all have our stories of how we found paradise,” says Adrienne King. It was 2005, one day after the 25th anniversary of the movie Friday the 13th, when she and her husband discovered Southern Oregon. Two months later, they moved here from Los Angeles. “It was magical and still