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 All-Oregon Newsletter April 2006



Spring has surely arrived here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Its rainy one day and sunny the next.  Everything is green and the flowers are starting to bloom.  Lawns are being mowed between rain showers and seed catalogs are coming out for garden planting when the ground dries out more.

People are still skiing because of the amount of late snow the mountains have received.  Whale watching is here on the coast, but you better bundle up.   

This month:
Featured events There is plenty to do in Oregon this month.
Featured book
Fly Fishing Central & Southeastern Oregon
Featured attraction  Rockhounding in Oregon
Featured recipe Raspberry Lemon Streusel Muffins
Whats new  I need to be cloned

Featured Events
There are a lot of fun things happening in April.  Here are some to get you started.  Be sure and check out more at where you will find hundreds of events every month.

Celebration of Cultures Day
April 1, 2006 -- Silverton
Taste authentic cuisine from many countries. Spend the afternoon learning more about other cultures by making crafts, enjoying dance performances and visiting the bazaar. Free. 1-4pm. Community Center, 421 S Water St., (503) 873-0405.


Annual April Fools Pentathlon
April 1, 2006 -- Pacific City
Five athletic competition events all ages. Location: Pacific City outdoor areas depending on event. Starting times TBA. Contact: Carolyn McVicker, 541-921-0281, Email:
[email protected]


Chintimini Kennel Club Dog Show, Obedience & Daily Trials
April 1-2, 2006 -- Albany
Sa & Su 8am-5pm, Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd, 541-758-7625, free


Women's History Month Exhibit
April 1-8, 2006 -- Grants Pass
Rogue Community College Wiseman Gallery 3345 Redwood Hwy, Contact  541-956-7241,


Woodburn Tulip Festival
April 1-20, 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

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Convention
April 5-8, 2006 -- Rickreall
Polk County Fairgrounds, (503) 428-8224.

PIR Auto Swap Meet
April 6-9, 2006 -- Portland
Portland International Raceway, phone: 503-307-5420, email:
[email protected]


Ashland Independent Film Festival
April 6-10, 2006 -- Ashland
In the intimate movie house setting, filmmakers participate in their screenings and after the films speak with audience members who seek a closer look into the creative process. Filmmakers have high praise for the welcome they receive in Ashland, many ranking it at or near the top of their festival experiences.


First Friday Arts Walk in Hood River
April 7, 2006 -- Hood River
On the 1st Friday of each month, dozens of local artists working in diverse media exhibit their creations at downtown Hood River businesses. A collaboration between local business, artists, and performers, 1st Friday is among the area's top cultural events and is enhanced by live entertainment throughout the downtown area. Participating businesses extend their hours into the evening with artists on hand to showcase and sell their art, while a variety of performers entertain throughout the downtown area. Join us in downtown Hood River and enjoy the art, the entertainment, the people, and the place!


Spring Fling Bull Riding
April 7-8, 2006 -- Klamath Falls
Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 South 6th Street. Phone: 541-883-3796, email:
[email protected]. Web Site:


John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival  & Art Show
April 7-9, 2006 -- Burns
Always the first full weekend of April (unless Easter falls on that weekend, in which case the festival would be moved to the following weekend.  Tours, workshops, banquet, auction and speakers.  For more information, contact the Burns Chamber office at (541) 573-2636.


Annual Cheese and Wine Extravaganza
April 8, 2006 -- Bandon
Presented by the Rotary Club of Bandon by the Sea. Join us for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and an evening of entertainment. Taste over 60 international cheeses, several fine wines from the Pacific Northwest and California. Evening includes a silent and live auction, live music, and hand-made truffles and desserts. Proceeds go towards student scholarships, Rotary's $15,000.00 commitment to the community center, and other student/civic endeavors. Tickets: $25.00.  Please call Dennis Thomason at (541) 347-4438 (days) or (541) 347-9070 (eves.) 6:00 p.m. Best Western Inn at Face Rock


Oregon Baby Expo
April 8-9, 2006 -- Salem
Oregon State Fairgrounds (Jackman-Long Building), (503) 302-6722


University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company Tour
April 14, 2006 -- Newport
Newport Performing Arts Center. 8:00 pm


Shriners Kid's Rodeo
April 15, 2006 -- Baker City
Baker City Fairgrounds, phone: 541-523-3356, email:
[email protected]


Stone-Age Day
April 15, 2006 -- Springfield
Join us for the annual Stone-Age Day at Dorris Ranch Barn/Cave! See what life was like for humans during the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago when mammoth, bison, camel, and giant sloth roamed the Willamette Valley. Throw a spear with an atlatl, or try your hand at cave painting. Cave dwellers will be on hand demonstrating various Stone Age survival skills such as fire-starting and stone tool-making. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A $2 per person donation will help support educational programs at Dorris Ranch. Dorris Ranch Barn, South 2nd and Dorris Streets


Hood River Pear & Wine Festival
April 15, 2006 -- Hood River
The third annual event honoring the area's famous fruit and an assortment of wines. Restaurants feature pear desserts, other pear products are available and wineries offer tastings of Oregon wines.  For information: 541.386.2000, 800.524.4864


Wordstock Book Festival
April 20-23, 2006 -- Portland
Storytellers will be taking over the city of Portland speaking in large and intimate venues, enjoying dinners with literary enthusiasts, touring schools and meeting with students, holding discussions and workshops. Wordstock moves beyond the traditinal book fair to create the best concentrated literary experience in the country - one that gives attendees a personal insight into literature from well-known authors as well as poets and successful Northwest writers. Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay, phone: 503-546-1013


Small Farmer's Journal - Horsedrawn Equipment Auction & Swap Meet
April 21-23, 2006 -- Sisters
The Small Farmer's Journal Draft Horse & Horsedrawn Equipment Auction and Swap Meet at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Contact Kathy, Amy and A.J., at 541-549-2064 or 1-800-876-2893, email [email protected].


Taste of the Rogue
April 22, 2006 -- Grants Pass
Boys & Girls Club Benefit Auction. Tasting from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Jo. Co. Fairgrounds Flower Bldg. Contact: Pam Slater 541-479-5258


Annual Puffin Kite Festival
April 22, 2006 -- Cannon Beach
Festival at Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, phone 800-547-6100. Enjoy a sky full of colors or join in the high flying fun at the 18th annual Puffin Kite Festival. Watch premier Northwest kite flyers or join the flyers with "Kinetic Kites." The event, sponsored by the Surfsand Resort, includes kite demonstrations, a hot dog roast, games for kids and workshops.


Mark Taylor and Rami Ziadeh
April 22, 2006 -- Pistol River
Starting at 8 P.M.Together, guitarist, Mark Taylor and "cajon" percussionist Rami Ziadeh capture the mood and passion that is the essence of "Flamenco". Sponsored by
The Pistol River Concert Association, [email protected]


Annual Corvallis Historic Auto Club Swap Meet & Car Show
April 23, 2006 -- Corvallis
7:00 am - 4:00pm. Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333, phone: (541) 766-6521Contact Howard R. Jones 753-7609 for more information


Poetry Celebration in the Gordon House
April 28, 2006 -- Silverton
The Gordon House in The Oregon Garden and Literary Arts Inc. are taking the opportunity of Poetry Month this April to host the Sixth Annual Poetry Festival presented by the Silverton Poetry Association. Frank Lloyd Wright was an artist as well as an architect and designed his buildings to inspire the literary, musical, and visual arts. The Gordons' home is the perfect venue for an evening of poetry readings and discussions as part of the 2006 Festival. There is no charge for this event. Gordon House at The Oregon Garden, 7pm. 503-874-6006


Astoria Warrenton Crab & Seafood Festival
April 28-30, 2006 -- Astoria
County Fairgrounds, 800-875-6807


Walkamerica 2006
April 29, 2006 -- Grants Pass
Riverside Park. 5K & 10K Walk is to benefit March of Dimes. Contact: Jane Welch-Sprague 541-686-2170


Michael Kaeshammer
April 30, 2006 -- Sunriver
Jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer is one of the most exciting, young, jazz pianists in the country today. Still in his mid-20s, he has released a series of award winning, critically acclaimed recordings and has developed a large, international following through his dynamic live performances. Sunriver Resort Great Hall.

Featured Book
Fly Fishing Central & Southeastern Oregon, 3rd (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guides)
Author: Harry Teel
This guide gives you a quick, clear understanding of the essential information you'll need to fly fish Oregon's most outstanding waters. You will not waste time. In a few moments, you will know where to go and how to fly fish. Take this guide along for ready reference, or use this book to plan your Oregon fly fishing trip. Either way, you'll have enough information and your fly fishing experience will be new, fresh and fun! This is the updated and redesigned version of Harry Teel's Guide to Fly Fishing in Central & Southeastern Oregon (1993). It was popular immediately, updated and reprinted five times.


Featured Attraction
Rockhounding in Oregon
I love it when people who are subscribing to this newsletter give me feedback.  One of the most common questions I have received in the last month was about rock hounding in Oregon.  Because I do not know much about this subject, Im going to give you a couple of links that will help you (and me) learn more about this activity.  Considering the vast geology of Oregon, there are many opportunities to explore this hobby.

Check out these links:

Featured Oregon Recipe
This recipe is from the
Recipe from Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission

Raspberry Lemon Streusel Muffins

Makes 9 large or 12 standard size

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine 
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
2 Tablespoons sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1-1/3 cup sugar 
1 Tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel 
1 egg 
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine 
1 Tablespoons lemon juice 
1-1/2 cups (about 6 oz) whole frozen raspberries - do not thaw
1 Tablespoon flour

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400. Stir all streusel ingredients together to form soft, crumbly dough. Set aside.

Whisk dry muffin ingredients and lemon peel together. In a separate bowl, combine all liquid ingredients. Add in dry ingredients and stir until almost fully incorporated. Toss frozen raspberries with flour to coat, then gently fold into dough, handling only enough to incorporate berries. Using paper muffin cup liners, fill each cup until 1/4 from top. Crumble streusel topping over each.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and muffin springs back when pressed lightly with fingertip.


You will find more great Oregon recipes at:

Whats New at All-Oregon
Im working to fill out all of the pages that are lacking information.  The feedback Im receiving is letting me know Im on the right track, just need to learn how to clone myself so I can get more done!

Thats it for this month. 

Jackie Farris
[email protected]