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Tumbling down the rabbit hole with Alice or observing our nation’s fascinating train history, tunnels have an undeniable intriguing allure. Whether seeking a historical hike or simply a new trail to try, these hikes that include tunnels will not disappoint. Of course, use caution around tunnels, as trains are still

I like my Mexican food sizzling and the Rogue Valley not sizzling. Since I lost my home in the Almeda fire, I have poetic license to say this. And there is a fire safety point to my story along with a great restaurant review. On a Wednesday afternoon, my friend

Meir Schneider, Ph.D, LMT, is an international author, health educator, pioneer therapist and founder of the San Francisco-based non-profit School for Self-Healing. His publications include The Natural Vision Improvement Kit, Movement for Self-Healing, Vision for Life and Awakening the Power of Self-Healing. On May 14 & 15,  Schneider will teach workshops

If you live in Oregon, you know it’s one of the most gorgeous US states. The forests are breathtaking, and if you live near one, as so many Oregonians do, you can enjoy tons of outdoor activities every year. This year, in particular, is one where Oregon residents are likely

Do you have an idea of activities to take together with your kids? Maybe you are thinking of outdoor activity or a family trip. Look no more. There is a history of families planning fly fishing vacations with their children and end up happy. The only challenge that parents have

The snow is melting, and the sun is shining in southern, eastern, and western Canada. Across the 9.98 million km of land resides every single biosphere, over 80 thousand species, and endless hours of fun and excitement. Whether you want to take your bike across the prairies, hike in the

Many people don’t realize (or don’t even consider) that hiking is beneficial in many ways. Hiking has mental and physical advantages to enjoy — and it’s usually free of charge. As they say, the best things in life are free — and this sentiment definitely applies to hiking. But why

A rehabilitation center is a facility that provides specialized treatment depending on the kind of services and programs that they offer. People often misunderstood them as a hospital, maybe because of their primary goal: to treat an individual who suffers from an ailment or a specific disorder. Well, they are

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Available April 24-25) It is not a Hollywood movie pitch: “A chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality.” And, oh yeah, at the center of the story is disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and his decade-old con job. Perhaps not a

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Teddy, Out of Tune (Available April 26-27) Noted for its gentle assessment of individuals on the fringe of the American west, the feature film Nomadland has received far-reaching applause and accolades—and a few Oscar nods. Teddy, Out of Tune deserves just as much. A film that is

Anchor Point (Available April 19-20) The tone for Anchor Point is not incendiary, although the subject-matter is: Fighting forest fires and, more specifically, the challenge of two women to fit in—or not—to the male-dominated culture and policies of the U.S. Forest Service. To examine those (burning) questions, the documentary shadows

Impact (Available April 26-27) One of the strongest features for this year festival is exploring local issues and individuals—and this film is no exception: At the core of Impact is Medford-based Troy Wohosky, who was once a top junior boxer in the country (as in, number three, and an Olympic

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: American Gadfly (Available April 27-28) When first reading the briefing for this film, I assumed it was the premise for a Seth Rogen comedy: A group of daring teenagers recruit an 89-year old sharp-tongued former U.S. Senator out of his mothball retirement for an underdog bid for

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“Doesn’t it feel good to be back?!,” frontman Jay Rapp bellowed to the crowd as they forged through their hour-plus long set at Grape Street Bar on Friday, March 12. After the socially distanced crowd’s enthusiastic response to Rapp’s question, the night carried on with the band plowing through their

Voted “Bestie” band in the Messenger’s last survey of our readers favorites—the very last print issue we were able to produce in March 2020 before shutting down presses for a year—The Brothers Reed are an active and beloved group of, yes, family members.  Half of the duo, Aaron Reed talked

Jen Ambrose has been a part of the Southern Oregon music scene for at least 20 years now. She studied flute, oboe, and piano in her early years. Then, she picked up the guitar and is now known for six and twelve string stylings ranging from intricate picking to fast

Beyond the Valley

Vikki Gilmore’s latest release “Doubt of My Mind” was written, recorded, and produced remotely in collaboration with Mathieu LeGuerrier, as a creative byproduct of the COVID-19 lockdown. This endearing indie-folk reverie was inspired by the hardship and universal loneliness of a global pandemic, mixed with the anxiety of self-doubt that

Last week, I received an email from Ian Urbina, and it was the first I had heard of his ongoing project The Outlaw Ocean, and the outreach of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Read on for some more information about this exciting effort, and episode 3 of The Weekly Catch,

Within days of Ireland’s lockdown, BBC Folk Award winner and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards nominee Daoirí Farrell set up a corner of his kitchen as a makeshift stage and began live streaming. There was no plan to make this a regular event but with close to 2k comments and
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