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Step inside Abbey Creek Vineyard and Winery, and you’ll notice right away this isn’t your typical experience – hip hop music plays in the background, family pictures are posted on the wall, and you’re greeted by Bertony Faustin, Oregon’s first black winemaker.

The idea to return to my hometown brought an uplifting feeling. This journey of 400 miles to Southern Oregon felt right. A road trip has always been full of mystery and wonder for me. Remembering the places, people, neighborhoods, special relationships, seasonal sites, and variety of events …

Travel Portland’s Jeff Miller takes us for a tour of Portland's wild side.

From busting broncos to bull riders and even cowboy poetry, there’s something for everyone at local rodeos.

If you’d like to do some bargain hunting, and help local charities in the process, consider visiting a thrift store.

John Rogers has been collecting comic books since 1984, so what better venue for raising funds to fight cancer.

In an interview with AARP some years back, they mentioned that so many people serving as caregivers don’t necessarily see themselves or identify as a caregiver. They asked, “How do people know if they are indeed a caregiver?”

Our kidneys work hard to keep us healthy so it is good to take some time to think about what we can do to keep them healthy. Our kidneys work 24/7 filtering our blood, removing toxins and fluids to keep our bodies well.

Robert Rycroft has found meaning through the art he’s able to create by using a brush and his mouth.

If there’s one thing that energizes Bethany Larson, it’s the opportunity to inspire young people beyond what they could have imagined for themselves.

I used to take the probability that I’d always have at least one more day of life for granted. Now that I’m older, I don’t. With this heightened sense of mortality I’ve become an advocate for helping our community right now — while I’m still alive and kicking.

This past Christmas Day, my beautiful bride of 35 years passed into eternity. Carmela Valentina Coyne had a bubbly persona and loved to encourage others.

Follow these simple tips to keep yourself warm and dry during the winter months

Blending theology with creativity, Aumsville artist Don White loves to find ways to use his passion for art in his ministry.

Cradled upright in their holders, still warm from their “just below the boil” simmer, our soft-boiled eggs waited for the crack of a knife across their 75-degree latitude.

In 1819, Donald McKenzie was exploring the Snake River for the Hudson’s Bay Company when he came to its confluence with another river. Unsure of its origin, he sent three members of his fur trapping expedition to further explore the river. They never returned.

The Contreras family owns a small bakery but bakes traditional Mexican goodies with a big heart. “We love what we do,” says Maria Contreras, who runs Pilos Mexican Bakery in Corvallis with her parents, Celestino Contreras Padilla and Marcelina Lopez de Contreras, and brother Alberto Contreras.

When your whole world is just a bed and a few personal items, a bouquet of lovely flowers can make your day. Heidi Berkman discovered that fact when caring for her stepmother’s mother in her final days. She remembers how the mood indoors often matched the gloomy January weather outside. There was no sun to fill her stepmother’s condominium, and little to perk up her disposition.

Like most teens in the mid-1960s, Robert Santelli found himself glued to the television as Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles. And, like so many, it was a life-changing experience. On that day — Feb. 9, 1964 — 12-year-old Santelli made an emphatic decision – he would be a musician.

Lenor Simpson has spent nearly 30 years training others in security and public safety. She understands that most of us feel the world is increasingly unsafe.

Hear the word “barbecue” and what comes to mind? Warm summer gatherings? A piece of cooking equipment? Or does your mouth begin to water as you remember smoky, tangy flavors that delight your taste buds?

Most amateur genealogists probably do not fully appreciate the professional staff and dedicated volunteers required to maintain the vast archives that we easily access through the many available websites.

Do you remember newsreels before movies, Blackjack chewing gum, roller skate keys, Butch wax, party lines, and cereal with prizes in the box? Did your mom buy her groceries at a particular grocery store just to get that free dinner plate? Did the groceries come with an added bonus – S&H Green Stamps?

Gerardo Calderón has brought his love of folk music from Mexico to Oregon and, in so doing, has brought pleasure to people of all ages. He’s performed in schools, at the Portland International Airport, in auditoriums and at elder care facilities — one of his favorites.

There are giant pumpkins and then there are the mother-of-all-pumpkins. Ask Steve Daletas which ones he prefers. He’ll tell you about a pumpkin that weighed nearly 2,000 pounds and won him almost $12,000 in competition. In fact, Daletas, a commercial pilot, has been growing pumpkins as a hobby for more than 30 years, and entering competitions for many of those years.

It isn’t often that a child’s activity turns into an adult hobby, but that’s exactly Guy DiTorrice’s experience. He began collecting things such as fossils, rocks, leaves, snails and insects when he was 7 years old in Illinois. When his family moved to Colorado’s dinosaur country, he began looking into finding and collecting their bones and fossils.

Carol Lindauer calls herself a “Harley chick.” It’s hard to put into words what she enjoys most about riding a motorcycle, but “fun and freedom” come to mind. Lindauer, now 72, is petite and slender. Several years ago, she was used to riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, but then decided she wanted to learn to ride her own.

What will be on your dinner table when you dine with your nearest and dearest for the holidays? Thanksgiving (especially) and Christmas are often an open invitation to overeating and drinking too much. Consuming becomes a measure of a successful holiday.