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Staying in McMinnville this summer?
Entertain yourself with turkeys, lavender, live music and more.
1. Brown Bag Concerts:
Thursdays, June 10-August 19, noon-1:30 p.m.
Head to Third Street with your lunch on Thursday afternoons to enjoy live music at the U. S. Bank Plaza at NE Third and Davis streets at the Farmers Market. The concert series includes a wide variety of musical genres. Last year’s performances
featured everything from didgeridoo to blues.
2. McMinnville Farmers Market:
Thursdays, May 27-October 14, 1:30-6 p.m.
The trip you’re already planning on taking on Thursdays to Third Street for the Brown Bag Concerts just got better. The
McMinnville Farmers Market on Cowls Street between Second and Third streets will supply you with fresh and locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as crafts, prepared foods, and other assorted items, such as worms.
3. Oregon Brews & BBQs:
June 18, 3-10 p.m., and June 19, noon-10 p.m.
The Granary District on Fifth and Lafayette streets will host the third annual McMinnville area Habitat for Humanity Oregon Brews and BBQs festival. Food, beer, wine and music are the
focus of the festival, all while raising money for Habitat for
Humanity. IDs will be checked, and minors will be allowed
admittance only from noon-6 p.m. June 19. Admission is $5, and those who are 21 or older will receive a souvenir mug.
4. Garden Tour & Faire:
June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The McMinnville Garden Club will hold its 10th annual tour and fair, which includes more than 45 vendors on NW Cowls Street and a tour of five Garden Club members’ yards. Admission to the fair is free, but tour admission is $10.
5. Turkey Rama:
July 9-11, event times vary
Turkey Rama is an annual summer festival held in McMinnville, and this year marks its 49th run. Why turkey? There was once a
thriving turkey business in Yamhill county. A highlight of the
festival is the barbecue, held July 11. More than five tons of
turkey will be grilled for the event. The barbecue will take place at East Wortman Park from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Turkey dinners are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Other events include carnival rides and games at the corner of Booth Bend Road and U.S. Highway 99W in front of Rice Furniture, opening at noon each day of the festival, and the Turkey Trot 8K run and two-mile
fitness walk July 11, which begins at 8 a.m. (Registration is at 7 a.m.) For more information and a complete events schedule, visit www.mcminnville.org/turkeyrama/index.html.
6. Yamhill Lavender Festival:
July 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and July 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Turkey not your thing? Head to Yamhill for the lavender festival at Beulah Park on the corner of Hemlock and 3rd streets. The
Yamhill Lavender Festival is one of many destinations on the Oregon Lavender Festival Tour and includes live music, art, crafts and, of course, lavender — in many forms. Lavender locales will open their doors to the public for the festival. For a complete list of event, visit www.oregonlavenderfestival.com.
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Despite the Linfield microcosm, the world outside our small college is turning fast. Students may have been out of the loop while spending hours studying or hanging out with friends. This timeline focuses on some of the events that occurred during the course of the academic year.
•September 8 — President Barack Obama gives a speech to students with the intent of inspiring and challenging them to set goals and work hard in school.
•September 14 — Patrick Swayze, who starred in movies such as “Dirty
Dancing” and “Ghost,” dies at age 57.
•September 15 — Lady Gaga continues to surprise audiences with eccentric costumes, such as her red couture outfit, which
covered her face at the 2009 VMA awards.
•September 27 — Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom wed in California in front of family and friends, as well as E-Television.
•September 30 — An earthquake in Indonesia kills 700 people. The 7.6-magnitude quake destroyed homes and killed many on the island of Sumatra. Thousands were trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the city of Padang.
•October 1 — Obama passes a new bill that bans federal employees from driving and texting at the same time.
•October 24 — Obama declares the swine flu a national outbreak.
•November 4 — Yankees win the 27th World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They played the Phillies in Yankee Stadium, which was the team’s first win against them since 2000.
•November 20 — “New Moon,” part of the Twilight Saga, premieres at midnight.
•November 21 — The investigation of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s doctor, continues in the
media. Jackson died June 25 at the age of 50 from a drug overdose.
•November 25 — Tigers Woods’ mistress is revealed in the media the day after his wife finds out about his affair and takes matters into her own hands.
•December 11 — Kendra Wilkinson, former Playmate, and her husband Hank Basket III, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, bring baby Hank Basket IV into the world.
•December 14 — Kourtney Kardashian gives birth to baby Mason with family by her side.
•December 20 — Brittany Murphy, an actress in movies such as “Clueless” and “Just Married,” dies at the age of 32 after going into cardiac arrest.
•December 22 — Rapper T.I. is released from jail after a seven-month stay because of a gun possession charge.
•January 14 — An earthquake hits Haidi with a 7.0 magnitude, demolishing homes and families.
•January 18 — Justin Bieber comes out with his hit song, “Baby”.
•January 28 — J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye” dies at the age of 91.
•February 4 — Casey Johnson, heiress of the Johnson & Johnson, dies at the age of 30.
February 7— The New Orleans Saints wins Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.
•February 12 — The Olympics opening
ceremony is held in Vancouver, B.C.
•February 27 — Obama announces his elaborate plan to pull troops out of Iraq. He stated that the combat mission will end August 31. The most important thing is the security and the safety of troops, he said.
•March 8 — Katheryn Bigelow won the Oscar for Best
Director at the Academy Awards for “The Hurt Locker.”
•March 5 — The unemployment rate is reported to have been at a steady decrease of 9.7 percent since February.
•March 21 — The House of Representatives passes a bill to overhaul the American health care system. The final vote was 219-212.
•April 1 — The government issues guidelines designed by the Environmental Protection Agency about gas emissions.
•April 3 — Apple releases the iPad.
•April 5 — The Duke Blue Devils win the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship against the Butler Bulldogs. The score was 61 to 59.
•April 6 — The UConn Huskies win the NCAA Women’s Basketball championship against the Stanford Cardinals. The score was 53-47.
•April 11 — Phil Mickelson wins his third Masters Golf
By Lauren Ostrom/Features editor
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A guide to McMinnville’s drive-thru coffee kiosks
Location: Second street and U.S. Highway 99W
Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: This drive-thru has an extensive list of specialty drinks, ranging from “Snickers” to “Almond Joy” to “White
Angel” (white mocha and caramel). If you like the taste of coffee with some added flavor and loads of caffeine, order a “Toddy” — hot or iced. Baristas here are amiable and efficient. And don’t forget to show your student ID because Linfield students receive a 25 percent discount.
Specials: It depends on the day, but usually it is a 16 oz. mocha or latte for $2.25.
Location: U.S. Highway 99W in the Little Caesar’s parking lot
Hours: 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Description: This stand is always busy during mornings, but the baristas are lively and nice despite the rush. They serve
everything from traditional mochas and lattes to “Iced Kahlua” and “Frappe Freeze.” If you’re looking for a steady buzz, order a “Depth Charge,” which is black coffee and shots of espresso. Java Expresso’s signature brew is Bella Selva Coffee.
Specials: Monday: 16 oz. mocha for $2.75
Tuesday: flavored latte for $2.75
Wednesday: flavored mocha for $2.75
Thursday: buy one, get one for $1
Friday: double vanilla latte for $2.75
Saturday: The barista chooses based on the weather. It’s usually hot chocolate on a cold day or an Italian soda on a warm day.
Sunday: white mocha for $3
Location: U.S. Highway 99W near Wal-Mart
Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Description: The name may say “latte,” but this coffee stand redefines the concept of coffee with drinks such as the “Chunky Monkey” (white mocha, almond and banana flavoring) or “German Chocolate,” which has rich chocolate and coconut flavoring. All specialty drinks can be made hot, iced or blended.
Specials: Monday: mocha for $2.50
Thursday: buy one, get one for $1
Sunday: buy one, get one for $1
All other daily specials are decided that day.
Location: U.S. Highway 99W in the Bi-Mart
Hours: 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday;
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday
Description: The baristas are friendly, efficient and creative. They serve drinks such as “Pirates Revenge,” which is a mix of espresso, milk, butternut, hazelnut and praline. Other specialty drinks include the “Twix Remix” (white chocolate, caramel and peanut butter) as well as the “Grasshopper” (chocolate mint). All drinks can be prepared hot, blended or iced. The stand’s signature brew is titled Longbottom Coffee, but if you want to cut back on your caffeine intake, the barista recommends chai because Southside Java uses the brand “Big Train,” which is a sweet and spicy powder mixture.
Specials: buy one, get one free on Thursdays and Sundays
By Chelsea Langevin/Senior reporter
“I’ve got to take another look; that’s just spectacular,” said Tom Love, professor of anthropology and the department chairman,
admiring the dazzling yellow belly of a male Evening Grosbeak through a scope provided by Counselor John Kerrigan.
Besides the spoken adoration and the twitters and tweets of numerous birds, May 6 brought a cold, calm 7:30 a.m. for a bird-watching nature walk, organized by Love and Floyd Schrock, assistant director for international admission.
“The whole goal, or sort of technique, is to look for anomalies,” Love said. “There’s temptation to think that beauty resides only in the national parks or the spectacular places, but the whole world is a garden.”
Love said the impetus behind the nature walks, which he has helped organize since arriving at Linfield 27 years ago, is to introduce people to the beauty of nature, especially across campus.
This was the first walk in a while, Love said. And, although only Love, Schrock and Kerrigan showed up, they were was excited to start.
“These guys are walking encyclopedias of birding,” Kerrigan said, referring to Love and Schrock.
And the Thursday morning walk certainly proved that. Meeting on the steps of Pioneer Hall, conversations about birds and “birding” — birdwatching — instantly broke out. The sight of a European Starling perching on the trim of a Pioneer window provoked Love’s dislike, and he humorously called the species “the rats of the bird world.” Schrock agreed but wondered if it was actually a Eurasion Starling.
From the residence hall, the three traveled past Newby Hall toward President Thomas Hellie’s house, pausing to observe birds hiding in the rhododendrons and trees. Then, they walked down the small gravel hill toward the footbridge in the Cozine area. Camas flowers were in full bloom, laying a soft plane of light purple over the ground. Love said the patch is the second largest in the county and is a large portion of birds’ diet.
It was just past this footbridge that the group spotted the Evening Grosbeak through Kerrigan’s scope. After folding the scope’s tripod up, they took a right off the path to treck through the camas and long grass.
But the scope didn’t stay folded for long. Soon, they recognized the call of a bright orange Bullock’s Oriole and set up the scope to find it perching in the upper branches of a faraway tree.
“We knew what he was before he touched down because he gave it away with his call,” Schrock said, demonstrating the trained ear of a bird watcher.
Love said recognizing bird call intensifies the experience of birding.
“Once you know the calls, oh man, it all comes alive,” he said.
The observers moved on, suddenly coming out in the open field across from Walgreens. The trio slowly made its way down the steps along Highway 99, back along the Cozine footpath and re-emerged onto the main campus between Newby Hall and the greenhouse.
Love said they identified nearly 30 species of birds in just the hour it took to walk the loop
through Cozine. They will be out again at 7:30 a.m. next Thursday on the steps of Pioneer Hall for all who wish to join.
“I’m an avid birdwatcher; I have been since I was a kid,” Love said. “Birds are one way in to understanding and appreciating the natural world.”
As a youth, Love fostered a love of the outdoors by camping and hiking as an Eagle Scout and was fascinated with loggers and farmers who made their living off the land. His love of birding emerged from these roots, he said.
“[Birding] is kind of like hunting in that you have to know something about the organisms you’re trying to find,” Love said. “Only you’re collecting sightings, not shooting them.”
Kerrigan, on the other hand, said he kept birds as pets for about 20 years and became attracted to the hobby though them.
Schrock said his interest in birding stems from a desire to reconnect with what he calls the “real world.”
“Whatever I’m doing, I’m birding. I don’t so much go birding as I am birding,” Schrock said, emphasizing that it’s a sport that can be done anytime, anywhere.
In fact, he said he once photographed a bird from inside a plane while taxiing out of an airport in Bolivia.
“It’s a rush, you know?” Schrock said.
And you don’t have to travel to South America to experience the rush. Schrock described an amazing scene at the Emmaus House at about sunset.
“The swifts, they use the chimney for an overnight roost,” he said. “I thought there were at least 700 that went in that night.”
Besides the inherent beauty and curiosity of birding, Love and Schrock both mentioned the appeal of the community of birdwatchers.
“There’s kind of citizen-science side of it,” Love said. “[A] core of amateurs who are sophisticated enough to be making observations that tell us a lot about trends, environmental trends, of which birds are good indicators.”
He said these trends include global warming, pollution and even natural processes.
Love is an active member in the Audubon Society of Portland, which promotes the protection of and education about birds and wildlife and their habitats, according to the society’s website. In fact, he will be participating in an event May 8 called “Birdathon,”a fundraiser for the society.
Students interested in birding may want to look out for Love’s ENVS 030 class, which is all about birdwatching. He said he might offer it Spring 2012.
See bird. See bird fly.
Want to experience the beauty of birding, the splendor of camas and the magnificence of Cozine? Join Love and Schrock at next week’s nature walk at 7:30 a.m. May 13 on the steps of Pioneer Hall.
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Birdathon is a fundraiser for the Portland Audubon Society, the largest Audubon chapter in the United States, Love said. Love will lead a group of birders from Portland to Mt. Hood to Washington and Tillamook counties to Nehalem Meadows. The trip will last from 4 a.m. to about 11 p.m., and the group tries to see as many species as possible. Supporters pledge a certain amount of money for every species seen. For instance, 10 cents per species would equate a donation of $15 if the group sights 150 species, Love explained. To sponsor Love in the event, e-mail him at
email@example.com. He said he’d be thrilled even if just a penny per species was pledged.
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There are many different characters to choose from when playing Dungeons & Dragons. From Barbarians to wizards, players let their imaginations soar. Displayed above are minis for one D&D group. The kinds of characters including a bugbear, fey, human necromancer, human bard, half-elf druid, goblin cleric, elven ranger (and her wolf) and a half-orc barbarian.
You may have heard about the game Dungeons & Dragons. The first thing that comes to mind for most people is an image of sulking nerds and geeks huddled around a table tossing dice in a basement. But the only accurate thing about this image is the use of dice. Quite to the contrary, D&D players are usually average people. You may not know it, but there are plenty of D&D players all around you.
On campus, there are quite a few folks who endeavor into the world of tabletop gaming.
D&D is a game of role playing and chance. Many people turn to this method of entertainment for several reasons: It is a group activity; it can be as much fun (if not more) as a book or a movie; it can be inexpensive; you choose your actions; and there is a role-playing game out there for anyone (ranging from fantasy to science fiction).
The basic synopsis of a D&D game involves players and a Dungeon Master. The players create their own characters. Characters can be one of many races and from many classes. From here, the DM will create a story in a world for the characters in which to adventure.
If you’ve ever read a fantasy novel, it is similar but also interactive. The players will run into NPCs (non-player characters) to talk to, monsters to fight, puzzles to solve, dungeons to explore and taverns to get drunk in. In the end, the characters will do something along the lines of defeating an epic boss and somehow saving the world.
D&D arose in 1974, when the rules were first published. The books quickly sold out; the game was destined to be a hit. Since then, many kinds of books have been published: Player’s Manuals, Dungeon Master Guides, Monster Manuals and even various storyline books (for those Dungeon Masters that don’t want to make up their own game).
D&D serves as a great creative outlet for many Linfield students. Not only do they get to see their friends, they release creative energies via role playing, adventure creating, illustrating characters and events or by painting minis (miniature figurines in the form of a character). Not only can people get together and play a fun game, but dinner or snacking sessions also ensure a good time.
The game is inexpensive to play. Theoretically, you could get everything you need to play online, such as rule books, dice simulators and Microsoft Word for a character sheet. However, most players still use pencils, paper and dice. Some groups even have placemats for drawing out the scenery and battle area to provide a visual.
The average D&D campaign meets about once a week. This is quite a challenge for student groups. Coming together as friends from different studies can prove to be quite difficult when meshing schedules. There have often been times when a D&D (or other RPG) campaign has been started at the beginning of the year and then went on hiatus because of busy schedules. One group on campus is large enough so that even if a couple of players are missing one week, there are still enough to have a game. This requires a bit of improvisational skill from the players, which can keep things fun and interesting.
No Linfield D&D player would comment on their love for the game.
If your idea of a D&D player is a nerd wearing glasses and a cape, drinking Mountain Dew in his mother’s basement under low lighting, you should rethink your idea. Chances are there are players and a campaign out there for you. All you need to do is find the right friends and theme, and a limitless adventure awaits.
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