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 All-Oregon Newsletter March 2006

   

 

I hope all of you who live here in Oregon made it through our floods and then our cold spell without any problems.  Those of you who don't live here might have been surprised at the weather we have been having.  This winter has reminded me of the ones I had growing up.  The only thing missing has been snow here in the Willamette Valley.  But, it still isn't too late to see some of that!!

Spring is just around the corner and the festivals, fairs, rodeos and outdoor recreation are beginning.  People will be bringing out their cars for cruise-ins and flea markets are starting up. The whale watching season is starting on the coast.

This month:
Featured events - Wine, music and food events abound
Featured book - 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon: Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Cascades, Eastern Oregon, Wallowas
Featured attraction - High Desert Museum
Featured recipe - Oregon Hazelnut Pancakes


Featured Events
There are a lot of fun things happening in March.  Here are some to get you started.  Be sure and check out more at
http://www.all-oregon.com/events/events.htm where you will find hundreds of events every month.

Clay Ball Preview Exhibit
March 1-3, 2006 -- Salem
A special sneak peek of artwork to be auctioned at Clay Ball 2006. Free and open to the public. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Focus Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem (503) 581-2228

Unique Rocks from Oregon Beaches
March 1-4, 2006 -- Keizer
An exhibit of unique rocks found on beaches in Oregon from a private collection. Free. Tue. & Thurs. 2-4pm; Sat. 10am-4pm. Keizer Heritage Museum, 980 Chemawa Rd. NE, (503) 393-9660  http://www.keizerheritage.org


Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
March 1-11, 2006 -- Portland
Lewis and Clark return to Oregon with Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition -- the largest collection of Lewis and Clark expedition artifacts, art and documents ever assembled. The Oregon Historical Society is the only West Coast venue for the National Exhibition. Washington County Historical Society & Museum, 17677 NW Springville Road (PCC Rock Creek Campus) Cost: $3. For More Information: 503-645-5353.

Central Oregon Sportsmen's Show
March 2-5, 2006 -- Redmond
Event located at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

Women's History Month Exhibit
March 2-April 8, 2006 -- Grants Pass
Rogue Community College Wiseman Gallery 3345 Redwood Hwy, Contact 541-956-7241, www.roguecc.edu/galleries

Friends of the Library Book Sale
March 3-4, 2006 -- Veneta
Fri 9:30-6, Sat 9-5. 3,000 books; 95% donated; 40% hardcover; sorted; most .20-$1. Fern Ridge Library, 88026 Territorial Rd., 541-935-7512

Annual Portland Roadster Show
http://www.portlandroadstershow.com/
March 3-5, 2006 -- Portland
Multnomah Hot Rod Council. Convention Center,  phone: (503) 232-4567

Mollie O'Brien
March 4, 2006 -- Pistol River
Starting at 8 P.M. To say that Mollie O'Brien sings is like saying that Enzo Ferrari builds cars.  She has mastered the vocal intricacies of jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, and southern mountain traditional music and  approaches each with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat. . Sponsored by The Pistol River Concert Association, pistolriver@pistolriver.com

Rhapsody In The Vineyard
March 4, 2006 -- Corvallis
This downtown wine walk, presented by the Downtown Corvallis Association, features some of Oregon's premier wineries such as Ankeny Vineyard, Eola Hills Winery, Eugene Wine Cellars, Mia Sonatina Cellars, Nobel Estate Vineyard and Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn. Downtown businesses will provide a variety of appetizers along with music and/or artwork by local artists. A commemorative wine glass and ID bracelet are required for wine tasting. Location: Various retailers in downtown Corvallis. Hours: 4-7 p.m. Cost: $5 for glass and wristband, 50 cents per taste. Call (541) 754-6624, e-mail dca@peak.org or go to www.downtowncorvallis.org.

Old Time Fiddlers Show
March 4, 2006 -- Enterprise
Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers' Show includes fiddlers and other musicians showcasing their talents. Held at the Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. Sponsored by Wallowa Valley Art Council. Phone: (541) 886-7885. Contact: Nancy or Charles Trump

Oregon Chocolate Festival
http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com/chocolate_festival_06.php
March 4-5, 2006 -- Ashland
Oregon has become a mecca for award winning chocolatiers, and they are coming together for the first time, to participate in an all Oregon chocolate festival. Festival attendees may sample an array of exotic flavored chocolate bars, crunchy chocolate covered toffees and rich chocolate enrobed Oregon hazelnuts, berries and pears, award-winning delights along with Rogue Ales chocolate stout and chocolate flavored cheeses from Rogue Creamery. Chocolate products featured at the festival will be available for purchase allowing festival attendees to take home more than just sweet memories! The grand prize drawing will be the final act of this great two-day event! Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 9752

North Coast Steelhead Roundup
March 8-10, 2006 -- Tillamook
Swiss Hall, 4605 Brookfield Ave., Tillamook. Two-day fishing competition. March 8, 5 to 7:30 p.m., dinner, registration for guides/anglers; March 9, 5 a.m.-6 p.m., March 10, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Shana Juarez (503),
842-2071.

Jazz Kings, Days of Wine and Roses
March 10, 2006 -- Florence
Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence, OR 97439, 541-997-1994

Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival
http://www.clambakejazz.org/
March 10-12, 2006 -- Charleston
The Mill Casino-Hotel, Red Lion Hotel & Downtown Charleston. Admission Badges from $20 to $60. Handicapped accessible. Three days of musical fun for dancers and/or listeners. 12 bands in four locations offer traditional Dixieland, Big Band Swing, Cajun music, Rhythm & Blues, Broadway Show Tunes and outstanding vocalists. Stay in one place and let the bands rotate to you or ride the shuttle to follow a particular band. Weekend specialties include showcasing youth bands, a pre-festival party, a jazz breakfast, a free Sunday Gospel Service and a Festival Grand Finale. Patricia Borcher, 541-888-4386 or paborsher@charter.net

Annual Social Pow Wow
March 11, 2006 -- Salem
Willamette University, Cone Fieldhouse. 4-7pm. Free. There will be a Jingle Dress contest with prizes. Native crafts and food will be available for purchase. For more information: 503.370.6265

Portland Contra Dance Community MegaBand Contra Dance
http://www.portlandmegaband.com/
March 11, 2006 -- Portland
Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Portland Contra Dance Community MegaBand

NW Champion Crab Races
March 11-12, 2006 -- Garibaldi
Crab racing, games, food, music. Garibaldi City Hall, 3rd & American Way, (503) 322-0301

Oregon Ceramics Association Show and Sale
March 17-18, 2006 -- Hillsboro
Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Avenue, Email: donh@faircomplex.com Web Site: www.faircomplex.com

Taste of Tillamook County
http://www.tasteoftillamookcounty.com/
March 17-19, 2006 -- Tillamook
Weekend-long Food & Music Festival. Tillamook County Fairgrounds Convention Center, 4603 Third Street, Tillamook, OR, Contact: Karen Viehoever, 503-842-2366, Email: info@edctc.com Celebrating Tillamook County's
restaurants and diverse food products, while raising funds for county schools and food security programs.

Whale Watching Week along the Oregon Coast
March 18-25, 2006 -- Oregon Coast
FMI contact 541-765-3304

Woodburn Tulip Festival
http://www.woodenshoe.com/
March 20-April 20, 2006 -- Woodburn
Every day enjoy a variety of activities along with our beautiful fields. Each weekend we have planned a variety of events. Check the "Schedule of Events" for a detailed list of daily and weekend activities. Phone: 503-982-8221

Indoor Kite Festival
http://www.oregoncoast.org/kite-festival/indoor-kite-2006.html
March 23-26, 2006 -- Lincoln City
Plan on attending Oregon's Only Indoor Kite Festival, in Lincoln City, March 23-26. Yes, it's true. If you have the right kite and know how to do it, you can fly kites indoors without wind---and have great fun even if the weather
outside is frightful! So everyone can enjoy this great sport, Lincoln City is bringing expert indoor kite fliers from all over the country to demonstrate the art and teach kids of all ages how to soar without wind. 541-996-1274 or 1-800-452-2151

Central Oregon Rod and Custom Show
http://www.centraloregoncarshow.com/
March 24-26, 2006 -- Redmond
Event located at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Call 541-548-2711 for more information.

Silver Falls Kennel Club Dog Show
March 25, 2006 -- Salem
Oregon State Fairgrounds Columbia Hall, Salem. 9am-8pm. Admission: Free to public. Judy James, 503-370-8109 (h)

Rough Stock Rodeo
March 31-April 1, 2006 -- Gold Beach
Event Center at the Beach, 950 S. Ellensburg, 541-247-4541, email: info@curryfair.com
 


Featured Book:
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon: Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Cascades, Eastern Oregon, Wallowas
Author: Douglas Lorain; Buy New: $13.57
Written by the Oregon hiking legend, this is the only full-color guide to the best hikes throughout the state. *Full-color photos, contour maps, and elevation profiles for each hike *One third of the hikes have never before appeared in a guidebook *Many of the routes described are loop hikes--no going back the way you came. What makes a trail a classic hike? Outstanding scenery, says Doug Lorain, especially good views. Add in mountain lakes and waterfalls. Sprinkle with wildflowers, old-growth forests, wildlife sightings, and interesting geologic features. All of the hikes Lorain has selected boast at least two of these attributes, and often more. These are simply the best hikes the state of Oregon has to offer. Lorain should know; he's logged more than 16,000 hiking miles in his boots. Lorain presents a mix of the most popular trails and lesser-known gems throughout the entire state. Trailheads are easily accessible; trails are well established. They range from short, easy strolls suitable for children and grandparents to longer backpacking trips for experienced hikers. This is the deluxe guide with something for everyone.



Featured Attraction:
High Desert Museum
http://www.highdesertmuseum.org
59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963, phone: 541-382-4754, email:
info@highdesertmuseum.org
The High Desert Museum engages visitors in the people, plants, and animals of the arid Intermountain West, also known as the High Desert. It includes nearly 53,000 square feet of exhibits and amenities in the main building, while paved outdoor trails wind through acres of exhibits and animal habitats. Live animal interpretations and living history demonstrations are presented regularly.



Featured Oregon Recipe:

This recipe is from the Oregon Hazelnut Commission

Oregon Hazelnut Pancakes

3 cups buttermilk pancake mix
1/4 lb. Oregon hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
water as needed
In a food processor or blender, grind hazelnuts into a meal (some small chunks are fine). Mix nuts with 1 cup water and seasonings. Add to mix with more water (approximately 1-1/2 cups) to proper consistency. Cook on griddle.

You will find more great Oregon recipes at: http://www.all-oregon.com/recipes/oregon_recipes.htm



What's New at All-Oregon
I'm busy adding new pages all the time to All-Oregon.  Also, I'm still updating the events pages as new listings come in from Oregon visitor's bureaus.  If you have any topic you think would be good to add to the site, email me and let me know.  Also, if you have an Oregon business or event, be sure and let me know so I can get you listed.

Things are going well with the new companion Oregon-Classified site at www.oregon-classified.com.  We actually have a few ads placed now and I know when people realize they can post for free, we will see even more (spread
the word).

That's it for this month.

Jackie Farris
All-Oregon
www.all-oregon.com
www.oregon-classified.com
jackiefarris@all-oregon.com