The picture preservers at A Framer's Touch encase beloved paintings, photos, and keepsakes in artfully constructed wall hangings that have garnered numerous awards at regional and international framing competitions. After art is transported to the shop, certified framers embark upon the 10-step framing process by consulting with customers to decide on the piece's materials, design, and ability to hang. A stockade of approximately 2,500 moulding samples proffers ample aesthetic options for frames' outer boundaries, and a variety of mats, glass coverings, and needlework choices allow for mind-bending levels of customization. Though rates vary as much as each piece's framed-in contents, basic prices range from $39.99 for an 8"x10" frame to $139.99 for a 24"x36" frame with a mat. To ensure professional work and eliminate the chances of frames being lost or damaged while catapulted between store and workshop, all framing takes place in A Framer's Touch's art-coddling shop.
For 10 years, New Era Computers has taught students to bend computers to their will with software-wrangling classes that congregate in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Instructors employ individual attention and hands-on learning to unveil the mysteries behind Microsoft Word (a $180 value), Excel (a $225¬–$275 value), PowerPoint (a $180 value), Access (a $225–$275 value), or the accounting prowess of QuickBooks (a $225 value). Beginning courses impart basic skills, while intermediate courses delve into more complex studies and allow students to build their own scale model of the Internet. Classes meet in two-hour sessions, either twice a week for three weeks or three times a week for two weeks. New Era Computers' schedule lets prospective students peruse a convenient timeslot and teaches them how to introduce themselves in binary.
Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes, and then began A Blooming Hill Vineyard in nearby Washington County. Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create enough breathing room for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.
Leaves become a green blur as Tree to Tree Adventure Park's visitors scramble across wobbly bridges and scoot along the balance beams that form the park's interconnected web of treetop ropes. Spread across 26 acres of land, Tree to Tree Adventure Park features a number of different courses where virtually anyone can have fun while building self-confidence or honing teamwork skills. Six color-coded routes combine for a total of more than 60 obstacles, giving guests the opportunity to pursue an adventure that is suitably engaging, yet never daunting.
While thrills are the main draw, safety is paramount at Tree to Tree Adventure Park. Every visitor hoping to hit the ropes must attend a preliminary orientation and learn the park's safety protocols. From there, they receive a helmet and a safety harness before heading to base camp to practice on the obstacles. Then, and only then, are guests cleared to ascend to the treetops and enjoy their gravity-defying experience.
• For $39, you get one month of boys' or girls' beginning or intermediate gymnastics classes, held once per week (up to a $107 value, including $25 registration fee). • For $49, you get one month of boys' or girls' beginning or intermediate gymnastics classes, held twice per week (up to a $148 value, including $25 registration fee).