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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

In spite of hardships and setbacks, Randall Theatre has marched on, and now reaches its tenth year of performances in a new, sweet location, smack in downtown Medford.

Holiday decorations seem to go up sooner every year, and Christmas tunes start playing right after Halloween. What gives? Do people enjoy the songs or just love to hate them because it is better to vent at the radio or a store PA system than their families? Wham’s “Last Christmas”

It was 1982 when “Save It For Later” was playing across airwaves in the United States and abroad, straight from the Special Beat Service album by English Beat. But just as many Americans were being introduced to the fusion of rock, ska, punk and reggae that was easy to dance

To get there, walk past the bronze man playing chess in the square, continue toward the red umbrellas and when you see the theater to your right, you have arrived at Misoya Bistro. It is a Bistro, in the sense that they have affordably-priced options, but portions are not small

Sometimes relatives you haven’t seen in a while cram every story from the previous year into the precious time they have with you over Christmas dinner. Right? Well, Every Christmas Story Ever Told is sort of like this, but less annoying, more entertaining and nobody goes home hungry. Not if

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