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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

“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

It’s not Hollywood, but it’s so Oregon, which is even better, right? No car chases, nobody dies, and no guns. How awesome! Phoenix, Oregon is a fun, low-key “Zen-of-making-pizza-pies” kind of movie with an unusual shoot-out of the bowling kind. This 108-minute flick about hope was produced by Gary and

  Want to take a spin around the world in four days? Sure! If you live in Ashland and music makes your world go ‘round, the upcoming World Music Festival can take you there, featuring music from Africa, Hawaii, Cuba, and Arabic rhythm from May 16 to 19. And, if

Skip the brunch preparation. Avoid long lines at your favorite restaurant. Just bring Mom down to Art in Bloom for its 19th annual event on May 11 and 12. The non-profit organization of the same name seeks to enrich and beautify the community with an ever-growing event. They have it

What do you do in an untenable situation when you must make impossible choices under the worst circumstances? Well, pick up a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar and sing and play your soul out, of course! That is what the main character and storyteller, Chum, of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Cambodian Rock

You know why we paw our dog bowls and flip them over or vomit on the new carpet? Because humans get bored and change what we eat often. Us dogs like meat and bones, and that’s the truth. How hard is it figure us out? Eat. Play. Poop. Repeat. Keep

  Sometimes, being labeled a rebel is a compliment, and when the Ashland Independent Film Festival pins the title, it is definitely something to be proud of. This year’s winners are Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, a filmmaking duo that shares a passion for the history, story, and especially the

Two standing ovations and buckets of sequins; what’s not to love about Hairspray at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF)? Opening night brought a big crowd, big hair, a big cast and an over-the-top production that delighted the audience and showcased the incredible range of talent that OSF offers. The Broadway

  Much like cheese itself, the Oregon Cheese Cave, located in the renovated section of Phoenix and which opened five months ago, has been ages in the making. Fittingly, it is staffed by Mélodie Picard, who was born and raised in France, started out in specialty foods over eight years