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Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


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Community Calendar


Wednesday, June 12

GLADSTONE BUISNESS: The June meeting of the Gladstone Owners and Managers will be tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Flying Pie Pizzeria,16691 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. Host: Joshua Welch, 503-496-3170. For questions contact Walt Fitch at 503-544-9672 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FATHER’S DAY LUNCH: Honor fathers at the Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., today at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to 503-655-7701.

FARMERS MARKET: The Oregon City Summer Downtown Wednesday Market runs Wednesdays weekly from 3 to 7 p.m., through Sept. 25, at Eighth at Main Street.

Thursday, June 13

COOKING CLASS: Learn all about crackers and dips with Chef Ivy Manning today from 5 to 7 p.m. Classes are held at: Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Cooking School, 5000 S.E. International Way, Milwaukie; class fee $50. Call Bonnie at 971-206-2208 before sending in payment, to make sure space is available.

CCC GRADUATION: The graduation ceremonies for GED and adult high school diploma recipients will take place at 7 p.m. in the Randall Gymnasium.

MHS CLASS REUNION: Plan ahead for the 40th class reunion party for the Class of 1973. The event takes place Aug. 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. At the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. The deadline for registration is June 13. Contact Stacey Hardie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Friday, June 14

CCC GRADUATION: Graduation ceremonies for degree and certificate recipients will take place at 7 p.m. in the Randall Gymnasium.

BIPARTISAN PRESENTATION: Richard Etulain, author of “Lincoln’s Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era,” will present historic examples of effective bipartisan mediation under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln. The free community discussion will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City, off Highway 99E, overlooking Willamette Falls at 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. Visit clackamashistory.org or call 503-655-5574 for details.

GARAGE SALE: The Oregon City Optimist Club garage sale takes place today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Danielson Hilltop Mall, next to Papa Murphy’s. All proceeds assist the youth in the Oregon City area. Contact Brian Shaw at 503-557-0897 for more info. Donate furniture, household items, books and toys by calling Denny Edelen right up until the day of the sale at 503-656-6558.

Saturday, June 15

READING: Read aloud to a friendly and furry elephant today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ledding Library. Call to sign up for a 15-minute session: 503-786-7588.

SPANISH STORY TIME: Today at 2 p.m. at the Ledding Library.

OC FARMERS MARKET: Market is open every Saturday from now through Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of Clackamas County’s Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road. Free admission and parking; visit orcityfarmersmarket.com or call Jackie Hammond-Williams, 503-734-0192.

FARMERS MARKET: The Sunnyside Farmers Market takes place in the Sunnyside Church parking lot, 13231 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Happy Valley, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information or to become a vendor, contact the market at 503-504-8615.

MASTER GARDENERS: The Oregon City Farmers Market will host the popular 10-Minute University classes, which meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. Today’s class: Raised Bed Gardening, taught by Sherry Holley.

FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Father’s Day at the Philip Foster Farm, 29912 S.E. Highway 211, in Estacada. Today’s events will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the farm is now open Tuesday through Saturday through Labor Day. Entrance fee is $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information, contact the farm at 503-637-6324, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL DINNER: The Ten O’Clock Church holds its annual dinner, silent auction and raffle today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 23345 S. Beavercreek Road, in Beavercreek. Call 503-632-4553 for more info. Proceeds help support the Beavercreek Food Pantry and Summer Camp youth programs.

Sunday, June 16

FARMERS MARKET: The Milwaukie Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from now through Oct. 27, at 10723 S.E. Main St. Market hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit milwaukiefarmersmarket.com for more info.

Tuesday, June 18

WELLNESS WORKSHOP: This workshop with Dr. Jesse Buttler takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Pond House, adjacent to the Milwaukie Ledding Library, 2215 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie. Dr. Buttler will discuss detoxification therapy, nutrition, diet and a unique approach to addressing the emotional cause of disease. Parking is available at the library. Call Northwest Natural Medicine, LLC, if you would like to attend: 503-786-2181.

ELDER JOURNEY: A conversation about aging will be held today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive. Call 503-653-8100 for more info.

LIBARARY PROGRAM: Milwaukie’s Police Chief Bob Jordan will answer kids questions about police work today at 2 p.m. at The Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie. Call 503-786-7580. This program is for ages 4 and up.

LIBRARY ACTIVITY: Join the Bug Chicks as they lead an expedition into the insect world, tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library, 13793 S.E. Sieben Parkway, Clackamas. Call 503-794-3883.

Wednesday, June 19

FARMERS MARKET: The Oregon City Summer Downtown Wednesday Market runs Wednesdays weekly from 3 to 7 p.m., through Sept. 25, at Eighth at Main Street.

LIBARARY PROGRAM: Book talks for ages 8 to 11 take place today at 2 p.m. at the Ledding Library.

KNIT & STITCH: Knitters and stitchers of all ages and skill levels are invited to sit and craft on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sunnyside Library.


SUMMER READING: Weekly activities for kids at the Carnegie Library in Oregon City include morning crafts and afternoon programs. This year we invite everyone to participate, including adults!  For more information, visit: orcity.org/library/event/summer-reading-program.

Wednesday, June 12

POETRY READING: The Ledding Library’s Annual Poetry Series welcomes this season’s final poet Andrea Hollander Budy to read her poetry at 7 p.m. tonight at The Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie. For information about the readings, contact the Series Coordinator, Tom Hogan, at 503-819-8367 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, June 14

CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Oregon City Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Oregon City High School’s Jackson Street Theatre, 1306 12th St., in Oregon City. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. The box office opens at 6 p.m. Handicapped access and seating available (please call ahead to reserve this area). Call 503-351-2679 for more info.

BALLET: The Abernethy Performing Arts program presents performances of “Russe Classique, “Firebird,” “Chopinanna” and “Polovisitian Dances,” today and tomorrow at West Linn High School. For more information, visit the website abernethyperformingarts.homestead.com.

Saturday, June 15

CONCERT: Come to a special Father’s Day show featuring music from the 1940s with Lee Wallace and Ardeth Fullmer at 7 p.m. at Libbie’s Restaurant, 11056 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie. Info: 503-654-2905.

LIVE MUSIC: Listen to the Rich Gritty Band & Friends from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at Spring Creek Coffee House, 10600 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., in Milwaukie.