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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

  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

How many times has one heard the phrase, “change is inevitable?” Yet when it comes to the climate change conversation, it’s an inevitability some find difficult to discuss, while others grieve over the knowledge of its in-motion process, and others refuse to embrace it at all. The documentary Voices of

There is a little bit of betrayal. A little bit of loss. Some sex too. But, a whole lot of love. Fragments is the first production for the newly formed Rogue Theater Company opening March 7 in Ashland. Jessica Sage, Artistic Director, has carefully assembled semi-autobiographical fragments and created a

A dear friend of mine, who lives on a coconut plantation in Hawaii, recently invited me to visit Kauai. Island time and tropical drinks enticed me but instead of blowing my latest paycheck on a plane ticket, I did the next best thing. I took my husband and 14-year old

The road has been long and travelled well (in a Porsche 911 and a ’66 Volkswagen Van) from New York to California to Vermont to Wyoming to Canada to Taos and most recently Ashland, Oregon. And wherever Goldman goes, he can’t help himself from making films. “The only thing I

When Toni Randall arrived in the Rogue Valley seven years ago, she knew it was a needlepoint no-man’s land, but her desire to share what she loves to do is changing that. “Needlepoint is like breathing to me. It is part of life,” she states matter-of-factly. She was seven years

In search of rare records and tips for keeping even albums pristine, we head out to visit the region’s vintage record shops.

Rhumba Boogie is more than a semantic mashup. It incorporates a unique syncopation on the piano with the left-hand while the right-hand plays the melody. A style made famous by Professor Longhair and Dr. John combining some calypso, a bit of mambo and a whole lot of rhumba. “Most people

Macarons are Emily Maxine Gisler’s specialty, and our writer Vanessa Newman samples a box full for her dad’s 80th birthday.

“We are not here to make must-see TV,” says Brandon Givens of Rogue Valley Television (RVTV). “We are here for community dialogue, to educate, to provide space for student work, and to teach about the technology and experience of working in television.”