Ghosts of Christmas haunt Corbett Children's Theater stage this weekend

Ghosts of Christmas haunt Corbett Children's Theater stage this weekend

Dickens' classic 'Carol' wraps up run Sometimes it takes a nice guy to act mean. Just ask Brook...

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Out and About

Planetarium “The 13 Zodiac Constellations and Their Hidden Treasures” — Mt. Hood...

Deck the halls with anniversary silver with community choir

Deck the halls with anniversary silver with community choir

Dec. 4 concert to feature carols, singalongs at Reynolds High The Gresham Community Choir marks...

One million people expected in Oregon for 2017 eclipse

One million people expected in Oregon for 2017 eclipse

Mt. Hood astronomer to outline best viewing tips The two honored guests of the biggest party in...

Latest Gresham art exhibit takes viewers 'Through the Door'

Latest Gresham art exhibit takes viewers 'Through the Door'

Display open to the public through Dec. 1 at Public Safety & Schools Building Gresham retiree...

'I Take This Man' pokes fun at finding Mr. Right

'I Take This Man' pokes fun at finding Mr. Right

Gresham Little Theater play runs Oct. 20-29 at Knova What if you were a woman who longed for...

Planetarium's 2016-17 season opens this week at college

Planetarium's 2016-17 season opens this week at college

Milky Way, 'Rival of Mars' among phenomena to explore as planetarium opens season at college ...

Troutdale becomes arts center

Troutdale becomes arts center

Fall Festival of the Arts features park events, music and famed play If you’re in...

Symphony orchestra to perform film classics

Symphony orchestra to perform film classics

Celebrating its 35th anniversary season, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will perform...

Rising country music star from Boring signs a Nashville deal

Rising country music star from Boring signs a Nashville deal

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WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldNever mind fitting the biggest present under the tree.

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PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING - Randall WilsonSometimes, when a far-flung family comes together for the holidays, they may discover that an elderly loved one is having difficulty functioning well at home.

Here are some signs to look for:

Altered eating habits. Forgetting to eat or losing interest in food altogether are both signs of poor health. Alternatively, seniors with memory issues can overeat or repeat meals. A kitchen stocked with spoiled, half-eaten or expired food suggests a senior who can no longer manage alone.

Antisocial behavior. Losing interest in friends, withdrawing from social situations or neglecting a previously cherished hobby may indicate depression, memory loss or a decline in cognitive abilities.

Worsening finances. A senior who forgets to pay bills (or pays them multiple times) may need help managing their household finances. Look for unwanted magazine subscriptions or donation solicitations that can easily drain a bank account.

Poor personal hygiene. Many seniors feel uncomfortable asking for help with personal hygiene. Bad odors, a disheveled appearance or indications of skipped showers and baths all suggest that a senior can no longer perform daily grooming tasks unaided.

Decline in safety. For a senior, a fall in the shower (and the subsequent hospitalization) can be a life-threatening injury. A senior who leaves the stove on or forgets how often to take their medication may need daily help.

While the family’s in town, be proactive. Don’t wait until the situation becomes an emergency.

Call us to arrange a tour. We’ll be glad to show you what makes Prestige Care Huntington Terrace special.

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Brought to you by Dan Schofield, Weston Kia - Automotive INSIDER -

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldIn Oregon, our first really cold snap can happen anytime. Don’t get stuck on the road – or spinning around on it - in a vehicle unprepared for winter.

Take your vehicle to a reputable shop and make sure it’s checked for the following winter basics:

Engine coolant doesn’t just keep your engine from overheating – it also protects your engine from corrosion. Every vehicle requires a certain ratio of coolant to water. Your repair technician will know that ratio, as well as what type of coolant to use.

Have your oil checked to ensure you have the proper type for the changing weather outside. During the winter months, when temperatures get below freezing, your mechanic may advise switching to a thinner, less viscous oil.

Battery - Don’t let a dead battery put a screeching halt to your day. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals and fluid will head off problems and make sure your car is ready for winter. The shop will check the age and strength (amount of voltage) left in your battery and find out whether it needs replacement.

Tires – What type will you need for the terrain and conditions you’ll be driving through - whether it’s snow, sleet or ice? Should you drive all-season tires or invest in snow tires? If you choose snow tires, most car manufacturers recommend changing all four to snow tires in the winter.

Plan ahead now to make your winter holidays a lot more enjoyable!

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030


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PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING - HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonHere at Prestige Care Huntington Terrace, our staff is keenly aware of the importance of keeping our residents healthy and strong.

If we notice one of our residents has a decrease in function, a doctor’s referral may be required. If the doctor recommends physical therapy, a home health agency of the resident’s choosing will come to our facility to work with the patient to regain normal function.

Such treatment is usually covered by Medicare Part B.

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an appropriate time to consider the benefits of physical therapy.

Prescription opioids to control pain have become a huge problem in the United States, with abuse and addiction growing to epidemic proportions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other previous year, and at least half involved a prescription opioid. As many as one in four people using prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain struggles with addiction.

In March, the CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The CDC made it clear that non-pharmacologic alternatives to prescription opioids, such as physical therapy, are the preferred option for treating chronic pain.

At Prestige Care, having a physical therapist come to our location makes it more likely that treatment will take place, on schedule, and help the resident get back to enjoying activities quickly.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030



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ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissWhen you handle a firearm, having a safety-oriented attitude is the best thing you can do to prevent firearm accidents. Ignorance and carelessness are the two main causes of firearm accidents, which is why I think it’s necessary that you understand safe weapon handling; otherwise, you or someone else WILL get hurt. In the spirit of keeping you safe this holiday season, here are more safe weapon-handling tips, courtesy of Advanced Firearms Training:

1.) Know your firearm—Don’t just guess, KNOW how your firearm operates: how it loads and unloads, where the safety is located, etc.

2.) Keep your firearm unloaded until ready to use—Don’t store your firearm with live rounds in it, and don’t load it until you’re ready to use your firearm.

3.) Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction—If you’re not ready to use your firearm, keep it pointed in a safe direction; generally, this will be towards the ground. Treat every firearm like it is loaded.

4.) Know your target and beyond—Before you’re ready to fire, make sure to track what’s behind your target; bullets can go through—and beyond—your intended target.

5.) Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire—As long as your finger is away from the trigger, your firearm will not discharge. This is arguably the most important rule of firearm safety.

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030

Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordHomeowners looking to add upgrades or remodel sections of their home will usually wait until the nice weather of spring and summer arrives. But why not remodel now? By the time spring arrives, you could already be enjoying your newly renovated kitchen or your wonderfully redesigned bathroom.

Winter remodels come with a number of benefits. Contractors typically have less projects in the winter months, making scheduling substantially easier than the summer months. Manufacturers may have close-out prices on appliances and materials before raising prices in the spring. The end result is a project that costs you less money, saves you more time, and leads to a higher return on your investment.

And there are even more ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it. Start by repairing what needs to be fixed; home repairs are the renovation that yields the most value for your home. After that, your kitchen and bathroom are the two areas where a remodel is most beneficial, due to their frequent use.

Finally, another smart move to make is remodeling with energy efficient products. Whether it’s doors, windows, or appliances, these products will add value to your home while helping you to save on your energy costs.

At McCord Construction, we believe that NOW is the best time to remodel your home. Contact us today to get started: We always put the customer first.

McCord Construction

500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 348-2366

Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center - LANDSCAPING INSIDER

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayWith winter right around the corner, you’ll need to make specific adjustments to how you care for your home’s pond feature. You don’t need us to tell you how different the summer and winter months are, and your pond can definitely tell the difference too! Make sure that your pond is in great shape this winter by following these tricks for a healthy winter pond:

  • Clean out any leaves and debris before they decay. The cleaner your pond, the happier and healthier your fish will be.
  • Add salt to kill unwanted parasites on your koi and goldfish. It’s a safe, natural, and effective method for ridding your fish of unwanted parasites.
  • When the water reaches 50 degrees, stop feeding your pond fish. Koi and goldfish will hibernate until the spring and will not need to be fed.
  • Keep adding beneficial bacteria to ensure no imbalances in the winter. This is the season when fish are most susceptible to water quality issues.
  • Keep an open hole in a frozen pond for essential gas exchange. This can be done with a pond heater or by leaving your pump running.
  • For more helpful tips with your winter landscape, we’re always just a phone call away for friendly, local advice (We do free water testing all year round!). Give us a call today at 503-663-5483.

    Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

    9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

    (503) 663-5483

    Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -

    HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasBoard certified chiropractic orthopedists are doctors of chiropractic that have completed extensive postdoctoral education in non-surgical orthopedics, and have passed rigorous specialty Board examinations leading to Diplomate status as a chiropractic orthopedist. Less than 2% of chiropractic physicians attain this status.

    To become Board certified, the chiropractic orthopedic specialist is required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the evaluation and non-operative management of a broad range of injuries, conditions and disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system with particular emphasis on the spine and extremities.

    Who Is Certified?

    While many doctors of chiropractic (DC) prepare for careers in private practice, teaching, or research many choose additional education and training in a specialty field and pursue specialty certification. Practicing orthopedic specialists (Diplomates) hold specialty board certification. Diplomates that are members of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and are in good standing are titled Fellows of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (FACO).

    The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists maintains a recertification process (3 year cycle) available for Fellows of the Academy, to provide an ongoing program for maintaining clinical competency in the specialty of chiropractic orthopedics.

    Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

    329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 491-0388

    Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORAL INSIDER -

    NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIf you haven’t been to Nancy’s Floral at 620 NE Burnside Rd in Gresham, get introduced on Sunday, November 20th at the Nancy’s Holiday Open House! Running from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., this is a great opportunity to check out all the incredible products and services Nancy’s provides.

    Our relaxed atmosphere will be perfect for browsing our Thanksgiving and Fall items, as well as our Christmas giftware, decorations, and displays. Find everything you need to charm your guests with wonderful style this holiday season, including centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving feast.

    We will have wine tastings with a representative from Sandy’s own Budah Cat Winery, great hors d’oeuvres, and samples of our own cupcakes, cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, Harry & David products, plus so much more. As if that weren’t enough, we will be handing out door prizes, conducting mystery gift card giveaways, and offering other surprises too!

    As soon as you enter our store, you will instantly notice the time and care we invest in creating each of our floral arrangements. We take pride in our work, because it’s the customer we care about. So visit Nancy’s Floral on Sunday, November 20th, from Noon to 4 p.m., and get to know your local neighborhood florist. This exciting event is not to be missed!

    Nancy’s Floral

    620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 716-4971

    Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -

    HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonIf you are like most people, you probably need to know how to get your furnace ready for the winter. Along with routine maintenance, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible.

  • Make sure that there is nothing stored around your furnace, especially flammable material.
  • Change the batteries in your thermostat and switch your thermostat to the heating mode.
  • Make sure that all of your vents are open and nothing has been placed over them.
  • Clean your air vents and ducts by removing the vent covers, using the extension hose of your vacuum to remove the dust.
  • Stock up on air filters during the warmer months. Make sure that you change your air filters often, or if you have washable filters, wash them often.
  • If you have an oil furnace, contact your oil delivery service for “fill up”. Buying oil is less expensive before the winter.
  • Test you furnace while it’s still warm out, making sure that there is no problems.
  • Other things that you should do:

    1.) Reverse your ceiling fans for winterized air circulation.

    2.) Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose.

    3.) Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector and test it monthly.

    4.) Change your batteries in you smoke detector and test it monthly.

    Schedule an appointment to clean your furnace early in the season. Professional companies get very busy at the onset of winter, so it’s a good idea to schedule your appointment ahead of time. A professionally cleaned heating system will work better and more efficiently, saving you money in the long run.

    Call Honke Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your maintenance appointment!

    Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

    840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 666-3725

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    by Rob Cullivan
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    October 18, 2016

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    by Michael Sproles
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    by Rob Cullivan
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    Out and About

    by Rob Cullivan
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    COURTESY IMAGE - Penny Forrest enjoys painting the surroundings in which people are immersed in daily. 
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    by Michael Sproles
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    Children's theater runs down rabbit hole

    by Rob Cullivan
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