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Oregon Holiday Bazaars November 2013

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Oregon Festivals Crafts Shows and Events

Medford Holiday Bazaar

November 1, 2013

Location: Medford, OR, First Church of the Nazarene
Description: Over 70 craft and artisan booths with hand-made items. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served at our Country Christmas Cafe’. Bake Sale…
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/medford-holiday-bazaar1

Brookwood Holiday Bazaar

November 2, 2013

Location: Hillsboro, OR, Brookwood Elementary School
Description: Brookwood Holiday Bazaar & Book Fair Saturday, November 2 10am – 3pm ~80 Vendor Tables Homemade & Business Vendors Food
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/brookwood-holiday-bazaar

Roseburg Women’s Craft Fair

November 2, 2013

Location: Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Description: Show will be held on November 2nd through November 3rd, 2013. Large selection of quality crafts, holiday items, concessions. Silent auction…
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/roseburg-womens-craft-fair

Crafts on the Coast Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair

November 2, 2013

Location: Yachats , OR, Yachats Commons Building
Description: Event will be held on November 2nd through November 3rd, 2013. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm…
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/crafts-on-the-coast-holidays-arts-and-crafts-fair

Holiday Craft Fair – Philomath

November 2, 2013

Location: Philomath, OR, Philomath Elementary School
Description: Holiday Craft Fair will be held on November 2nd through November 3rd, 2013. Start your holiday shopping early: Unique crafts
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-craft-fair-philomath

Craft Fair

November 2, 2013

Location: Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Description: Fair will be held on November 2-3, 2013. Hours: Sat 10 am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/craft-fair31

Mountain View Middle School Holiday Bazaar

November 2, 2013

Location: Beaverton, OR, Mountain View
Description: Join us for the 2013 Holiday Bazaar presented by the Mountain View Middle School Parent Council on Saturday, November 2.
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/mountain-view-middle-school-holiday-bazaar

Chanukah Bazaar

November 3, 2013

Location: Salem, OR, Temple Beth Sholom – Brown Family Social Hall
Description: The annual TBS Chanukah Bazaar features over 20 local artisans from all over Oregon, selling unique, high-quality, hand-crafted gift items just
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/chanukah-bazaar

Town and Country Christmas Bazaar

November 6, 2013

Location: Albany, OR, Linn Co. Fair and Expo Center
Description: The Town and Country Christmas Bazaar is a weekend long craft bazaar in the beginning of December every year. Hours: Friday
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/town-and-country-christmas-bazaar2

Eugene Holiday Food and Gift Festival

November 8, 2013

Location: Eugene, OR, Lane County Fairgrounds
Description: The 17th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival returns to Eugene November 8, 9 and 10th at the Lane County Fairgrounds
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/eugene-holiday-food-and-gift-festival1

Holiday Market at the Expo

November 8, 2013

Location: Central Point, OR, Compton Arena
Description: Do you struggle every holiday season to find that perfect gift for friends and family members? If you hate shopping at…
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-market-at-the-expo1

Holiday Bazaar

November 8, 2013

Location: Gladstone, OR, Gladstone Park Seventh-day Adventist Church
Description: Crafts, Gifts, Collectibles, Antiques, Home-based Business displays, Food, Door. Prizes and Fun! Gift wrapping available. Large Selection of unique items.
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-bazaar41

Hubbard Arts and Craft Show

November 8, 2013

Location: Hubbard, OR, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Description: The show will feature vendors and artisans who have been busy all year long, handcrafting and searching out a spectacular selection of holiday gifts.
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/hubbard-arts-and-craft-show

Holiday Marketplace

November 8, 2013

Location: Portland, OR, New Hope Community Church
Description: Attend New Hope’s 35th annual holiday marketplace on November 8th and 9th! Peruse unique hand- crafted gifts from over 110 vendors
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-marketplace11

St. Mary’s Church Arts and Crafts Bazaar

November 8, 2013

Location: Albany, OR, Saint Mary’s Church
Description: 69th Annual St. Mary’s Arts and Craft Bazaar will be held on November 8-9, 2013. Vendors from the area will offer
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/st.-marys-church-arts-and-crafts-bazaar

Josephine County Christmas Bazaar

November 9, 2013

Location: Grants Pass, OR, Josephine County Fairgrounds
Description: Josephine County Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 9th, 2013. Over 70 booths filled with crafts and collectibles
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/josephine-county-christmas-bazaar1

Holiday Gift Market

November 9, 2013

Location: Portland, OR, 5700 SW Dosch Rd.
Description: Join us for Portland Christian Center’s 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Market
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-gift-market4

Portland Christian Center’s Holiday Gift Market

November 9, 2013

Location: Portland, OR, Portland Christian Center
Description: The Portland Christian Center Holiday Gift Market will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013,
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/portland-christian-centers-holiday-gift-market

Picc-A-Dilly Holiday Flea Market

November 10, 2013

Location: Eugene, OR, Lane County Fairground
Description: Eugene’s only Flea Market. Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market is Eugene’s largest, longest running, and most diverse flea market
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/picc-a-dilly-holiday-flea-market

Country Christmas Bazaar

November 11, 2013

Location: Canby, OR, Clackamas County Fairgrounds
Description: Over 150 vendors will be selected to sell handcrafted items at our 39th annual Christmas Event
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/country-christmas-bazaar4

Redmond Holiday Food and Gift Festival

November 15, 2013

Location: Redmond, OR, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Expo Center
Description: The 14th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival returns to Redmond November 15, 16 and 17th at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/redmond-holiday-food-and-gift-festival1

TCF Holiday Bazaar

November 15, 2013

Location: Tillamook, OR, Tillamook County Fairgrounds
Description: Event will be held on November 15th through November 16th, 2013. Hours: Friday 12pm to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/tcf-holiday-bazaar2

Community Christmas Bazaar

November 16, 2013

Location: Brookings, OR, Brookings Harbor High School
Description: Community Christmas Bazaar will be held November 16th, 2013
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/community-christmas-bazaar3

Holiday Craft and Gift Show

November 16, 2013

Location: Bend, OR, Bend Senior Center
Description: Over 11,000 square feet of holiday shopping! Unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade gifts. Featuring over 80 local artisans, crafters and gift sellers
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-craft-and-gift-show4

Kings Circle Holiday Bazaar

November 16, 2013

Location: Corvallis, OR, 2110 N.W. Circle Blvd.
Description: Don’t miss the 30th Annual Kings Circle Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Kings Circle Music ministry at 2110 NW Circle Blvd.,Corvallis….

Hillsboro EHN Bazaar

November 18, 2013

Location: Hillsboro, OR, Washington County Fairgrounds
Description: The show that you will always remember, with a name that you can’t forget.
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/hillsboro-ehn-bazaar1

Hubbard Holiday Arts and Craft Show

November 22, 2013

Location: Hubbard, OR, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Description: The show will feature vendors and artisans who have been busy all year long, handcrafting and searching out a spectacular selection…
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/hubbard-holiday-arts-and-craft-show

Eugene’s Holiday Flea Market

November 23, 2013

Location: Eugene, OR, Lane County Fairground
Description: Eugene’s only Flea Market. Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market is Eugene’s largest, longest running, and most diverse flea market.
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/eugenes-holiday-flea-market

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

November 29, 2013

Location: Portland, OR, Portland Expo Center
Description: This colorful holiday event has been produced by the same small local company for 31 years. With innovation and creativity,
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/americas-largest-christmas-bazaar4

Christmas Crazy Bazaar

November 29, 2013

Location: Mcminnville, OR, Yamhill Co. Fairgrnds and Event Center
Description: A Handcrafted Only Bazaar. The largest Holiday show in Yamhill County! You’ll find one of a kind gift items
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/christmas-crazy-bazaar2

Not Quite the 11th Hour Santa Show

November 29, 2013

Location: Lincoln City, OR, Cultural Center
Description: Have you been saving your money for the unique gifts for friends and family this Christmas?
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/not-quite-the-11th-hour-santa-show

Holiday Gift Fair

November 29, 2013

Location: Seaside, OR, Seaside Convention Center
Description: The Holiday Gift Fair is a 30-year tradition in Seaside. This annual holiday event features vendors that make their own products
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/holiday-gift-fair5

Polk County Craft Festival

November 30, 2013

Location: Rickreall, OR, Polk County Fairgrounds
Description: Two Buildings full, Over 100 Craft Spaces with a variety of handmade crafts Wreaths, Ornaments , Ceramics, Baskets , Gift Packs
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/polk-county-craft-festival4

Portland Holiday Saturday Market

November 30, 2013

Location: Portland, OR, 2 SW Naito Parkway
Description: Operating since 1974 the Portland Saturday and Sunday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/portland-holiday-saturday-market

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10 Inside Tips From a Designer Who Specializes in Small Baths

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By: Dona DeZube

Got a small bathroom to renovate? Go wild with texture and colors if it’s a rarely used guest bath, but stick to clean and simple in a master bath.

That’s the word from designer Jamie Gibbs, who transforms incredibly small New York City bathrooms into beautiful spaces. “I liked being shocked by details in a little space, especially if it’s not going to be used much,” Gibbs says.

His small-bath secrets:

1. Avoid textures in bathrooms that get daily use. In a heavily used bathroom, anything with texture becomes a collection spot for mold, mildew, and toothpaste. Say no to carved vessel sinks or floor tile with indentations.

2. Be careful with no-enclosure showers with drains right in the floor. These Euro showers allow for a feeling of openness, but the average American contractor doesn’t know how to waterproof the floor for them, Gibbs says. The tile seals can be compromised if not installed correctly, causing the materials to decompose, and water to leak underneath.

3. Use opaque windows and skylights to let light filter into all parts of the bath. A long skinny window with frosted glass means you don’t have to burn high-wattage light bulbs. Make sure water condensation will roll off the window into an appropriate place (i.e. not the framing or the wall) to avoid future maintenance issues.

4. Look for fixtures that have a single handle rather than separate hot and cold taps. “Space-saving gearshift faucets are a very good choice in small bathrooms,” says Gibbs. You’ll also save money by not having to drill holes in the countertop for the hot and cold taps.

5. Save space with wall-mounted toilets and bidets, but be aware that the water tank goes into the wall. That’s fine if space is such a premium that you won’t mind going into the wall to make any repairs. But if you share a wall with a neighbor, that’s a different issue.

6. Use a wall-mount faucet to make a reduced-depth vanity work in a small space. “I can get away with a 22” vanity instead of a 24” vanity with a wall mount faucet,” Gibbs says.

7. Check the space between the handles and the faucet of any space-saving fixtures. “If you can only get a toothbrush in it to clean, you’ll save space, but it’s functionally stupid,” Gibbs says. Make sure the sink is functional, too. If you’re using a vessel sink, make sure it’s large enough and not too high. “If it’s too high, you’ll knock it so many times that the fittings will come loose,” Gibbs says.

8. A pedestal sink is all form and no function. “It’s a great-looking sink, but there’s no place to [set] anything,” Gibbs says.

9. Wall-mounted vanities seem like they’re space savers, but they create dead space between the vanity and the floor — a space that often accumulates junk and never gets cleaned.

10. If you’re comfortable with it, go European and put up a glass walls between the bathroom and bedroom to create the illusion of space. Or put bathroom fixtures in the bedroom just outside the bath.

Courtesy of
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http://www.houselogic.com/blog/bathrooms/small-bathroom-design-tips/

Dona DeZube
has been writing about real estate for more than two decades. She lives in a suburban Baltimore Midcentury modest home on a 3-acre lot shared with possums, raccoons, foxes, a herd of deer, and her blue-tick hound.

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11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

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Published: November 05, 2012
By: Cara Greenberg

First impressions count — not just for your friends, relatives, and the UPS guy, but for yourself. Whether it’s on an urban stoop or a Victorian front porch, your front door and the area leading up to it should extend a warm welcome to all comers — and needn’t cost a bundle.

Here’s what you can do to make welcoming happen on the cheap.

1. Clear the way for curb appeal. The path to your front door should be at least 3 feet wide so people can walk shoulder-to-shoulder, with an unobstructed view and no stumbling hazards. So get out those loppers and cut back any overhanging branches or encroaching shrubs.

2. Light the route. Landscape lighting makes it easy to get around at night. Solar-powered LED lights you can just stick in the ground, requiring no wiring, are suprisingly inexpensive. $45 for a pack of 8, lowes.com.

3. Go glossy. Borrow inspiration from London’s lovely row houses, whose owners assert their individuality by painting their doors in high-gloss colors. The reflective sheen of a royal blue, deep green, crimson, or whatever color you like will ensure your house stands out from the pack. Consult Bonnie Rosser Krims’ book, The Perfectly Painted House, for ideas.

And find out what your front entryway says about you.

4. Pretty up the view. A door with lots of glass is a plus for letting light into the front hall — but if you also want privacy and a bit of decor, check out decorative window film. It’s removable and re-positionable, and comes in innumerable styles and motifs. About $5.25 per running foot, decorativefilm.com.

An less expensive way to get the look of stained glass without doing custom work or buying a whole new door: Mount a decorative panel on the inside of the door behind an existing glass insert, $92 for an Arts and Crafts-style panel 20” high by 11” wide.

5. Replace door hardware. While you’re at it, polish up the handle on the big front door, or better yet, replace it with a shiny new brass lockset with a secure deadbolt, $57.

6. Please knock. Doorbells may be the norm, but a hefty knocker is a classic that will never run out of battery life, and another opportunity to express yourself (whatever your favorite animal or insect is, there’s a door-knocker in its image). $39, potterybarn.com.

7. Ever-greenery. Boxwoods are always tidy-looking, the definition of easy upkeep. A pair on either side of the door is traditional, but a singleton is good, too. About $25 at garden centers. In cold climates, make sure pots are frost-proof (polyethylene urns and boxes mimic terracotta and wood to perfection). $80, frontera.com.

8. Numbers game. Is your house number clearly visible? That’s of prime importance if you want your guests to arrive and your pizza to be hot. Stick-on vinyl numbers in a variety of fonts make it easy, starting at about $4 per digit.

9. Foot traffic. A hardworking mat for wiping muddy feet is a must. A thick coir mat can be had at the hardware store for less than $20, or spring for something fancier, like this decorative half-round that promises weather and mildew resistance, $45, frontgate.com.

10. Go for the glow. Fumbling for keys in the dark isn’t fun. Consider doubling up on porch lights with a pair of lanterns, one on each side of the door, for symmetry and twice the illumination. $69 each, shadesoflight.com.

11. Snail mail. Mailboxes run the gamut from kitschy roadside novelties masquerading as dogs, fish, or what-have-you to sober black lockboxes mounted alongside the front door. Whichever way you go, make sure yours is standing or hanging straight, with a secure closure, and no dings or dents. The mail carrier will thank you.

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Kiwanis Club Celebrity Roast Honoring Wally Ordeman Live Auction Items

Kiwanis Club Celebrity Roast Honoring Wally Ordeman

Benefitting CASA of Linn County Court Appointed Special Advocates— for children who have been abused and neglected and ensuring their right to be safe and to grow in the security of a loving family.

October 29, 2013 ~ 5:30 pm

Linn County Expo Center, Albany

Tickets: $50 per person

Purchase @ Jordan Jewelers, More Ink, or

CASA Office 541-926-2651 ~ linncasa.org

2013 KIWANIS CELEBRITY ROAST – Live Auction Items

1. Springhill Winery Sausage-making Class……value $600.

Enjoy an evening for 6 persons including wine tasting and the art of sausage making.

Great food, great wine and warm ambiance of Springhill Cellars. Donated by Mike & Karen McLain.

2. Big K Guest Ranch – Elkton, Oregon…………..value $1,750.

Two day /two night guided fishing trip for 2 persons on the Umpqua River. Meals are included.

Enjoy stunning property, fishing, horseback riding or just relaxing. Wine Country

tours are also minutes away. Donated by CASA of Linn County

3. Seafood & Wine Festival Weekend ……………..value $ 600.

Two night stay at World Mark Condo in Depoe Bay (two bedroom & two Bath) and

4 tickets to the Seafood & Wine Festival in Newport. Available February 21-22, 2014.

Donated by Michael Wynnhausen and Bi-Coastal Media

4. Golf Central Oregon for 4 persons ……………………….value $1,300.
Five Night stay at Eagle Creek Chalet on Hole #14. (3 bedroom, 2 bath and hot tub).

Gift Cards for 18 holes of golf for 4 persons at Eagle Crest, Aspen Lakes and Black Butte.

Available November 1 thru May 23, 2014 (Monday-Friday) Donated by Jim & Val Decker

5. Kona, Hawaii…………………………….value $1,000.

One Week (7 night) stay in Hawaii at Kona Billfisher (2 bedroom and 2 bath). Walking distance

to Bubba Gumps, Outback Steak House and Farmer’s Market. On availability May or September 2013.
Donated by Dennis & Charlene Smallwood

6. Honolulu, Hawaii (OSU vs U of Hawaii)………………….value $1,200.

7 night stay at Royal Kuhio in 1 Bedroom Condo (corner unit) that sleeps 4 with 4 tickets to

the Football Game. Must use October-November 2014 (date pending OSU schedule)

The Condo is located three blocks from the beach. Donated by CASA of Linn County

7. Taste of Scio…………………… value $ 600.

Farm raised beef dinner for 5 couples at the Tucker Farm. Cheese provided by local cheese artisans, Gourley Dairy. Homemade ice cream and award winning fruit pies for dessert, provided by local 4H piemaker. Enjoy a tour of the farm! Donated by Will & Lynn Tucker

8. Whalers Cove in Depot Bay ……………..value $ 500.
3 night stay at World Mark Depoe Bay Resort. The Condo has 1170 sq ft with 2 bdrms and

sleep sofa. 2 bathrooms with jetted master bath. Full kitchen, washer & dryer, deck, gas BBQ and

gas fireplace. Located on the third floor right above the ocean. Maximum occupancy is six.

Available Wednesday- Saturday, February 5 – 8, 2014. Donated by Jason Klohk Family.

9. Disney World Vacation…………………..value $1,000.

7 night stay at Legacy Vacation Club Orlando Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. (2 bedroom

and full kitchen). Pool, Spa, Tennis Court, Playground, Exercise Room and Golf nearby.

Available March 15 – 22, 2014. Donated by JoAnn and Chuck Vetter

10. Fourth of July Fireworks ………………………..priceless

View the fireworks this year from the Avery Mill Building at 213 Water Avenue

for 10 persons (13 and older) with a picnic basket from Riley’s and 1/6th barrel of beer

from Deluxe Brewing& Sinister Distilling. Venue provided by Peter Goodman LCSW,

Leresa Jones, LCSW, Michael Neiman, LCSW, Diane Papp, LCSW and Traci Wendell, LCSW.

Bid on silent auction items!

Play “Heads & Tails” game of chance, before the Roast begins!

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Oregon trek to catch a glimpse of leaping salmon and spectacular fall colors

If the roadway flanking the Nehalem River has a number, I surely cannot find it on a map. Perhaps that’s why I’ve such a love affair with this backdoor byway that takes a bit longer to get from this place to that.

It breezes along nearly 30 miles beginning at a small whistle stop village called “Elsie” (located on State Highway 26) and bounds down a narrow lane past limb-framed farms that cry “photo opp,” before it zips past softly rounded hillsides whose trees sport what calendars told us nearly a month ago: the seasons are changing!

The Nehalem River’s tributaries also show you the changing times: some start as tiny, spring fed trickles across spongy moss that later grow giant and creek-sized and where husky salmon have muscled their way back from salty sea to find their birth home in time to spawn.

“It is so exciting, you just don’t want to leave, can’t stop watching them,” said local photographer Don Best who was perched above popular Nehalem Falls at the Oregon Dept of Forestry’s Nehalem Falls Campground. (Note: the campground has closed for the fall-winter season, but the trail to the falls remains open.)

Nehalem Falls does so in a short, 30 yard series of churning drops that give salmon little choice but a gang- up approach to leaping for their lives.

Best is an avid fan of the site and tries to capture the salmon show each fall.

“I’ll be here for hours trying to get that ‘oooh-ahhh’ shot,” said the longtime outdoor photographer. “They jump high and they jump low and you never know where they’ll show up. Plus, they’re only in the air for half a second so you don’t always get them in the perfect shot. Some people take pictures underwater and they turn out really great – but to get them flying thru the air is a different story – that’s fun for me.”

The water hand springs over unseen rocks through the falls while other river spots show off a distinct river’s rhythm that provides a source of restoration for the life that grows here.

The Nehalem River is always by your side on this scenic drive but you can enjoy a chance to break off from the roadway at Spruce Run Campground.

Abundant picnic tables compliment a perfect riverside stop and rest and breathe in relaxation before you continue on your way.

It is the colorful, wonderful show along this back road that I cherish most where the big leaf maple leaves, already mottled brown or gray, sometimes fall gently, gliding by the way.

While other times, a breeze kicks up a blizzard and the leaves drop and stop on placid pools where barely a ripple to marks the moment or the giant leaves collect and build in piles along the road providing a ‘drive through’ too inviting to refuse.

So, hurry here soon and then slow down on a back road without numbers that is one of the very best around!

Please consider the Oregon Fall Foliage Hotline (operates Sept-Nov) for it offers weekly reports on the status of the fall colors across Oregon.
http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/

Courtesy of
Travel Oregon
http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/grants-getaways/cruising-for-color/

About the Author: Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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The Biggest Air Leak in Your House You Don’t Know About

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There’s a gap in your home that’s wasting precious energy and inviting cold air inside — do you know where it is?

Have you caulked windows and replaced weather stripping on your doors? Good for you. But if you think you’ve sealed up air leaks, you’re in for a shock.

The biggest air leak in your home is right under your nose.

Or, underfoot, more accurately.

It’s the hole that a plumber cuts in the subfloor to make room for the drain assembly at the bottom of a bathtub. Because the drain assembly is big, plumbers make way for it by cutting a generous-size hole that gives them some “wiggle room” when connecting plumbing pipes. This big hole often is left open to the space below.

If you have a first-floor bathroom over a crawl space or unheated basement, you likely have one of these giant energy wasters in your home.

Having that big hole for the bathtub drain can waste about as much energy as leaving one of your windows open a few inches, all day, every day,” says Allison Bailes III, president of energy consultant firm Energy Vanguard. “The main difference is that you can easily close the window, but most people don’t even know about this other open window.”

And BTW, that hole also is big enough for good-size critters to crawl inside your home!

Plumbers may plug this hole with a wad of loose insulation, but that’s an imperfect solution — fiberglass insulation can sag over time, especially if it gets damp. The preferred method is to insert foam board that’s cut to fit around the pipes, then seal the board in place with spray foam insulation.

You won’t know if you have a problem unless you crawl under your bathroom and take a look at the tub drain assembly from underneath. Patch the hole with pieces of foam board screwed in place, then seal any gaps with spray foam insulation ($8/can).

A plumber will do the job, too, but that’ll set you back $100-$150. Probably worth it when you think about energy savings, comfort, and keeping mice and camel crickets out of your house!

Published: November 09, 2012
By: John Riha

John Riha
has written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

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Oregon’s flourishing wine region

As winter’s cool fog envelops bare grapevines and whispers promises of future fruit, Oregon’s Willamette Valley hums with more wine appreciation than ever before.

With a proliferation of hilltop tasting rooms scattered among tiny rural towns, as well as a crush of restaurants with extensive wine lists and top-notch sommeliers, it is easy to compare the region to the way California’s Napa Valley was more than four decades ago, when dirt roads connected small-batch winemakers with big aspirations.

But at the same time, the Willamette Valley – Oregon’s largest wine producing region – has developed a modest air of sophistication, with its cadre of well-appointed bed and breakfasts, a large-scale luxury resort and plate after plate of delectable farm-to-table cuisine.

While California has its big cabernets and buttery chardonnays, Willamette Valley winemakers have become famous for the finicky, cool weather pinot noir grape. When Oregon’s wine pioneers planted the state’s first vines in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, no one was sure whether, despite sharing similar climates, the grape would thrive as it does in Burgundy, the French region that made pinot noir famous.

But it did, and a sea of earthy, fruity, spicy and nuanced Oregon pinot noirs have poured out of the valley over the last three decades, many to critical acclaim. Hunting for your favourite drop is best done in person, as the region’s is home to more than 250 wineries and many of the smaller winemakers don’t distribute outside of the state. Winter is also one of the best times to visit; the tasting rooms are quiet and calm, and it is easy to get restaurant reservations.

The Willamette Valley stretches between three mountain ranges, the Coast Range, Cascade Mountains and Klamath Mountains; is 100 miles long; and is home to the cities of Portland and Eugene. Even though Portland may seem like an ideal home base for a visit to wine country, sleeping closer to the vines means more immersion in Oregon’s wine scene, plus access to more tastings. Consider focusing on one of the valley’s smaller six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) during a single outing. When planning your trip, start with a good map, like the one that is available online from Willamette Valley Wineries, and check the hours for every tasting room in advance as they may change depending on the season and day of the week.

In the densely planted Dundee Hills AVA, which is just 30 miles southwest from Portland, a tasting room itinerary could include Domaine Drouhin Oregon, which is owned by a French winemaking family and features an opulent tasting room overlooking the estate’s 90 acres of hillside grapevines. Many of the winery’s pinot noirs are aged in barrels from Burgundy, and they are widely regarded for their balance and elegance. Or you could try Erath Winery, which was founded by winemaking pioneer Dick Erath who planted his first grapes in the Dundee Hills in 1969. His range of pinot noirs – some with earthy muscle and depth, while others are lighter and silky with fruit – are on display at the modest tasting room next to the vineyards.

Aside from the stunning scenery, vineyard tasting rooms offer visitors the chance to soak up the details of the land and hands that produced the wines, from the colour of the earth to the shape of the hillsides – the elements that help create what the French termed “terroir”.

“Wine people want to learn about where their wine is from,” explained David Millman, managing director of
Domaine Drouhin Oregon. “What’s the story? Who are the people? How was it grown.

But don’t underestimate the delights of visiting stand-alone tasting rooms, too. On the main road in the town of Dundee, Argyle Winery, which grows its grapes nearby in the Dundee Hills and in other Willamette Valley AVAs, offers a flight of four sparkling wines, including a rosé and a brut blended with pinot noir grapes. As an adventurous option best saved for spring, summer or fall, when the days are longer and the rain lighter, ditch the car and ride a bicycle between tasting rooms to more intimately experience the rolling hills and cloud bursts. Bike rentals are available in Portland at numerous bike shops, but you will have to either drive the bike to wine country or take it on the train as far west as you can go. Beginners should opt for an organised tour leaving from Portland; try Pedal Bike Tours which offers 10-mile intermediate-level tours for $89 per person and stops at three wineries before returning to town with you and the bikes in a van.

Sleeping

The Willamette Valley’s wine country tourism infrastructure is still developing. There is a wide range of bed and breakfasts – from the high-end, Tuscan-styled Black Walnut Inn three miles west of Dundee, to Abbey Road Farm, 10 miles west of Dundee, with its grain silos converted to guest rooms – and only a handful of non-chain hotels.

One of those is Hotel Oregon, an excellent budget option that is part of the McMenamins empire, which turns historic buildings in Oregon and Washington into whimsical lodging, dining and drinking destinations, In addition to 48 European-style guest rooms with shared bathrooms, the hotel offers a four storey-high rooftop bar with views of the town of McMinnville, 12 miles from Dundee. You don’t have to wander far from the hotel to taste wine. Head to nearby Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Center, R Stuart and Co, or Panther Creek Cellars.

As the first large-scale luxury resort in the region, the Allison Inn and Spa in the town of Newburg, five miles from Dundee, offers a posh launch pad for wine aficionados. Rooms are well appointed and have views of the property’s own vineyard and surrounding hazelnut orchards, while the onsite spa treatments feature herbs, grapes and other natural ingredients. Its Jory restaurant serves farm-to-table cuisine, including house-cured meats, a grilled Wagyu beef burger made with pinot noir and Pacific oysters on the half shell, and has an impressive wine list with hard-to-find local drops.

Eating
For the most part, the best wine country restaurants are located close to each other in the towns of McMinnville, Dundee and Newberg, although there are exceptions, including the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, six miles from Dundee, which specialises in wild mushrooms, including a crème brulee made with candy cap mushrooms, and the French-focused Cuvee in Carlton, 14 miles from Dundee, which serves boeuf bourguignon and steak and frites.

This past spring, the revamped Paulée restaurant in Dundee opened to rave reviews for its modern cuisine by chef Daniel Mondok. All the ingredients on the menu are locally sourced, from the tuna poke – a raw fish salad with apple and ginger – to the peppercorn duck with rice, baby bok choy and smoked black tea jus.

In McMinnville, Thistle offers an intimate setting complete with chalkboard menu and candlelight. Dishes of duck liver paté, braised oxtail and gnocchi with black trumpet mushrooms are inspired by deliveries from local farmers and harvesters. Around the corner, Nick’s Italian Cafe remains an established classic, with exceptional wood fired pizzas

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