The first six months of 2011 were busy to say the least. All sorts of events to attend, political, recreational, business and just old fashioned fun. The second half of 2011 certainly rivals the first half! When I reviewed the photos to put up I found there were nearly double the number I had included in the first six months piece that just had to be seen!
The Corvallis Knights baseball team reigned supreme this year from June until August winning the West Coast League Championship.
The July 4th Parade along the riverfront was exciting, as always. All sorts of vehicles partcipated. The weather was great and all the kids, young and old, had a grand time.
The sprinklers by Helen Berg Plaza were busy with children wanting to cool off from the heat.
The Red, White and Blue Festival is an annual event sponsored by The Downtown Corvallis Association. Thousands attended over the July 4th Holiday. We watched the fireworks that evening from a great vantage point, Belle Vallee Cellars patio.
You may remember those potatoes I planted during the winter. Well, I had a pretty good crop. Just need a couple of acres and I would be selling them at the Corvallis Farmer's Market!
Many Corvallis residents, and visitors, attended a Corvallis Knights game this summer including residents from Regent Court Memory Care.
Partners Place, interim housing for the homeless, was dedicated in July. Barbara Ross, long time Corvallis resident currently residing in Portland, was instrumental in making this project a reality.
If it is July in Corvallis it must be time for DaVinci Days! A weekend of fun and games was had by all who attended DaVinci Days. It was the only weekend of the entire summer that Corvallis had rain, go figure!
Homemade Zucchini Bread made with squash from my garden, it was simply delicious!
Summer saw a slow but noticeable decline in gas prices from the peak of nearly $4 a gallon. Only now in December are gas prices getting closer to the level at the beginning of 2011. As of December 12th gas is about $3.25 a gallon in Corvallis.
There was the 41st Annual Ice Cream Social at the Corvallis Senior Center sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis.
Blueberry picking is always a fun thing to do in the summertime! Blueberry Meadows is one of the best places in Corvallis to go with the family on a great outing.
In August, Corvallis residents met the finalists, at the Corvallis Public Library, for the vacant Corvallis City Manager position. Jim Patterson was the finalist selected. Jim Patterson comes to Corvallis from Sherwood, Oregon.
In August the Corvallis Senior Center took a Sunday excursion to Portland to see a wonderful theatrical production of Les Miserables at the Keller Auditorium. It was fantastic!
Paddle Oregon with the Willamette Riverkeepers must have been a blast! I was so jealous I was not going with them!
What would summertime be without the Hilltop Big Band playing some great tunes in Central Park!
In March & September I never miss the opportunity to attend a Rhapsody in the Vineyard event in Downtown Corvallis. This stop was at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis.
Kiwanian Les Whittle was at it again, coordinating the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11. Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning addressing the audience.
The Corvallis City Club is a vibrant organization with wonderful monthly programs. Here Dr. Teryl Ross, from Oregon State, addresses the audience on "The Changing Face of America" last September.
Corvallis City Councilor Mike Beilstein, Ward 5, held a Community Meeting in September. The main thrust of the meeting was listening to resident concerns over growth in the number of students at Oregon State. This growth was negatively impacting "Livability" in their residential neighborhoods.
New Corvallis City Manager Jim Patterson sat in to listen. Patterson officially started on the job in October. He certainly did hit the ground running!
Fall Festival in Corvallis is a tradition in late September! Thousands gather to enjoy the food, dance and hundreds of booths at the Craft Fair in Central Park.
The many volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis facilitated the organization and operation of the Fall Festival Run. This year 700 runners participated. Megan Caldwell, "Kiwanian Extrodinaire", did an outstanding job as Chairperson of the Fall Festival Run.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Corvallis (Noon Club & Sunrisers) held their Installation Banquet at the end of September at the Clubhouse at Adair. Congratulations to new Kiwanis President Jerry Groesz 2011-2012.
Corvallis City Club was fortunate to have as guest speaker Benton County Sheriff Diana Simpson. Sheriff Simpson spoke of the need for a new Benton County Jail.
Hiking most anywhere near Corvallis will offer beautiful vistas to appreciate. This photo is looking West towards the Coastal Range from Pigeon Butte near Findley Wildlife Refuge. This is just another benefit of leading hikes with the folks from the Corvallis Senior Center.
'Trick or Treat' time is always fun in Corvallis. This photo was taken downtown on Second Street in front of American Dream Pizza. The question is who is having more fun, the kids or adults?
Citizen involvement is always high on the list of most all Corvallis residents. Pictured here is a group of concerned citizens, Move to Amend, meeting to seek a way to reverse the Supreme Court Decision on Big Business having the same rights as individuals.
One of the most fun activities I have ever attended was the Oregon State Forestry Club Fall Frost competition at Peavy Arboretum in November. Boy these guys and gals are something, they are good at what they do here!
Corvallis now has a Panera Bread Company in the downtown area located across Fourth Street from the Fire Station.
In addition to the Move to Amend Group, Corvallis also has an Occupy Corvallis (Wall Street) Contingent that in this photo is seen marching along the sidewalk by Central Park. Occupy Corvallis 99er's have also protested in front of several downtown Corvallis Banks including Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis recently presented Grants to ten local Corvallis non-profits.
Several new businesses in Corvallis have had Ribbon Cuttings, Panera Bread, Caves Bier and Kitchen, and Hans Neukomm Rock Shop. Small business is alive and well in Corvallis.
Thanksgiving weekend in Corvallis and most everywhere in the Willamette Valley was the right opportunity to do some wine tasting. Marys Peak Winery, Eola Hills Winery and Spindrift Winery were but a sampling of the 300 plus wineries that participated.
With December upon us Christmas is but a few weeks away. But first there was the 8th Annual Winters Eve Corvallis. This year's Winters Eve Celebration was attended by more than 700 folks. Winters Eve is a major source of revenue for the Assistance League of Corvallis.
2011 is nearly concluded. With just more than two weeks remaining in the year 2011 there are many events yet to attend in and around Corvallis, Oregon.
Rest assured that 2012 will be even better and the citizens of Corvallis will make certain of this!