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.
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.
• 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).
When he isn't at his gym or steering a helicopter through commercial and instructive flights, owner Jake Maslin coaches high-school and college-level lacrosse teams, channeling his own experiences in competitive sports to condition players. He also draws on the discipline ingrained by his service in the military, a resolve that fuels his passion for communal CrossFit workouts.
Their inclusive group ushers total beginners and regulars through a vigorous but rewarding fitness regimen guided by 10 core values, such as honor, honesty, and leaving no one behind. The tenets all bespeak a tightly knit atmosphere that underlies each new Workout of the Day, pushing members through every last rep and away from ice-cream stands. Techniques from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting merge to form challenging routines with movements that are scalable to all fitness levels.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Since 1998, the instructors at Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a—Hawaiian for “School Of Hula Where Everyone Is Family”—have carried on the traditions of their native language, song, and dance by teaching the hula to generations young and old. Hula illustrates a story through dance and music, often accompanied by a ukulele, guitar, or drum. Newcomers start out with the basic hula steps and movements, learning Hawaiian vocabulary and songs to prepare them for advancement to more complicated movements and a steady diet of only poi smoothies. Other classes teach students how to strum the ukulele and dance the tahitian brand of hula.
Built in 1927 across more than 100 acres of verdant undulating hills, Forest Hills Golf Course challenges ball-thwackers of all abilities with 18 scenic holes designed by noted architect William Bell. The course is easily traversable by cart, saving breaths for gasps at views of surrounding peaks including Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. The pastoral par 72 grounds can be played on three course-difficulty ratings, helping players prolong the hours of tee-torching combat or engage in more diversionary swings and putts. A full practice facility sharpens game facets with putting greens, a practice bunker, and a driving range ready to aid captive balls in their journey back to the wild. A full bar and restaurant waits at the course’s end, teeming with refreshments including light eats, bracing tipples, and an oat bag for the cart.