Wake Up Wednesday News: Part 1

Karma Coffee Bakery

Karma Coffee Bakery announced that renovations should be completed soon, with the goal to open October 1st! This mother-daughter team are opening a coffee shop and bakery with the goal of inspiring kindness in our community and serving the tastiest treats around. We look forward to welcoming Karma Coffee Bakery to the Dallas community, not to mention their tasty treats.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub has a new kitchen with a salamander! They look forward to now being able to add seafood and pastas to their menu. Keep any eye on their daily specials to see what new delicious dishes they come out with.

Vagabond Brewin will be taking over the taps on September 20th. This is in conjecture with “Fresh Hop Fest” that Dallas will be holding during Tap into Polk County. Come down and enjoy good company along with their signature beers.

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Another Beginner Class will be kicking off this fall. This 6 week program will allow you to learn about CrossFit with other beginners! Classes will be on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in joining please fill out a simple survey on www.harvestcrossfit.com.

CASA

CASA has another big event coming our way, Casino Night: CASA Blanca. Come enjoy a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and gaming in support of Polk County’s Children. Team Casino will be running the tables with catering by Wild Pear. CASAs guest speaker is Marilyn Jones director of the State of Oregon Child Welfare Programs. This is an excellent chance for a fun date night with the money going to a terrific cause.

Family Building Blocks

Join Family Building Blocks on September 19th for their first Polk County Luncheon in Dallas! Bring your friends to enjoy a free lunch and learn more about opportunities available to families in Polk County and how you can help. To learn more, become a table captain, or sponsor the event, contact Julie Hilty.

Eat an Extra Dessert Day

September 4th is Eat an Extra Dessert Day, a day that encourages people to treat their sweet tooth with a second helping of dessert. It is unclear who created this awesome but unofficial holiday, but we think that whoever it was, deserves a big slice of cake.

An extra dessert should be eaten sometime during the course of this day. Desserts are usually a sweet course served after the end of a meal. While in the past typically this meal took place at the end of the day, in modern time’s desserts can accompany a mid-day meal as well. Desserts are also known as sweets in many part of the world.

The word “dessert” is derived from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. Fruits and honey were probably the first sweeteners used in food, and the dawn of desserts was bolstered by the expansion of the use of sugar. Sugar was in use in India before 500 BCE, and through trade it arrived in places such as Macedonia and China over the next thousand years or so. It wasn’t until at least the 12th century that it arrived in Europe. During the Industrial Revolution desserts began being mass produced, and they were able to be processed and preserved in new ways, which increased their popularity.

Indulge yourself in a little extra dessert on this day, and inform everyone you know about this happy holiday. We are convinced that it will soon become everyone’s favorite made-up holiday. Try a dessert popular in another country, or plan a trip to one of the best dessert spots in the United States. Make your own desserts, and then share them with friends, family, and co-workers. But don’t get carried away, as to be true to the holiday, you should really only eat one extra dessert.

As with anything in life, we would recommend balance. Tomorrow balance the extra dessert with a little extra exercise. We have wonderful gyms, and activities to try here in Dallas. Try something new! Stop in a Harvest CrossFit to learn about their brand of exercise, go to a yoga class at Chateau Bianca. If classroom style is not to your liking then try one of the three gyms conveniently located downtown.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it to? Not us.

 

First Community Credit Union

First Community Credit Union has been serving Oregonians since 1957, and with more than $1 billion in assets and 76,000 members, today they are among the strongest credit unions in the nation. As a federally insured, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution, they are dedicated to helping their members and their communities prosper through solutions that result in financial success, as well as personalized service that focuses on transparency, simplicity, and trust. They offer all the benefits of a big financial institution, but with personalized, cost-saving services that are in your best interest. Nearly anyone can join! With minimal membership eligibility requirements, it’s easier than ever to discover the benefits of banking with First Community.

First Community’s mission statement, “We build lasting partnerships through personalized financial solutions”, is a clear and succinct portrayal of their fundamental purpose. It defines what they do and how they will achieve their vision, as a financial partner of choice in their communities, while adhering to their core values. Its execution, as seen in their financial results has brought them measurable success. Their core values are: honesty, integrity and trust, member financial success and satisfaction, community leadership and education, and employee fulfillment.

At the heart of the credit union difference is their board of directors. Unlike banks, credit unions are governed by people just like you, who work everyday jobs and value the livelihood of their communities. What makes them special is their commitment to improving the financial wellness of others. The Board of Directors is elected by a vote of the membership and responsible to represent and protect the interest of the members. Collectively the Board of Directors sets the vision and governs the credit union’s overall activity.

At First Community Credit Union, their name stands for everything they believe in. It is their priority to support the livelihood of organizations in the communities they serve and are committed to helping make them a better place to live. Since 1957, First Community has had a long-standing commitment of community support. This support has been granted multiple ways through financial contributions, volunteerism and community partnerships, just to name a few.

“Community-First” is reflective throughout the credit union as their employees generously give their time talents, and financial support to numerous non-profit agencies and community projects annually.

Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts

Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic oldies hits. The Lugnut’s fame has spread beyond the Pacific Northwest, dazzling audiences from Washington State to Washington D.C. Their performances have been enthusiastically received at corporate parties, civic celebrations, fairs, fund raisers, concert halls, conventions and televised events. From the beginning their goal was to have fun. This has not changed in 40 years and of course, as always, you are invited to join in the good times!

The long list of annual return engagements is a testament to the fact that Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts is “Can’t miss” entertainment and a hit with all ages; from kids to grandparents.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have shared the stage with many national acts including Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, the Righteous Brothers, the Mamas and the Papas, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, Rick Nelson, The Ventures, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. They toured the Far East with stops in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. The Lugnut’s played for the Oakland A’s at the opening game and were invited by NIKE to perform for a special party during the closing of the Los Angeles Olympics. Each year the list continues to grow.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts emphasize showmanship, creating a never-ending energy on stage. The electricity generated by this sight and sound experience results in packed dance floors at every performance. Ask anyone who has experienced Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts and they will tell you… “Rock and Roll will never die, and the Lugnuts are the reason why!”

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts will be playing here in Dallas for our closing Sounds of Summer. Do not miss all the fun, food, and music. The band will be kicking off at 6:30pm on the Academy Lawn. This event is free to the public so bring your blanket and chairs. As always, we hope to see you there!

 

“Long live Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts!”                                           

“Nice night listening to Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts. They still pack in the listeners. Their music always has everyone tapping to the beat. 40 years and still going strong.”

First American Title

First American Title Insurance appreciates the opportunity to offer you their menu of products and services. Their staff awaits your requests and inquiries. First American Title is focused on you, their customer. They study what their customers need, and create the solutions to meet them.

Since their formation in 1889, they have been dedicated to maintain the integrity of land records and delivering the information, products and services needed with a level of service that is unparalleled in the industry. The name First American Title has come to represent the best in the business. You deserve the best.

As an industry leader, it is the philosophy of First American Title to provide customers the respect they deserve and the innovative products and services they need. First American Title adheres to the highest standards of financial stability and professional responsibility.

How does a one-county abstract company evolve into a global provider of title insurance and settlement services? It consistently provides customers with the most accurate information, developed with insight and delivered with integrity. For more than a century, First American Title has focused on serving its customers with the most efficient, personalized services and products.

In addition to a comprehensive presence across the United States, First American has pioneered operations in nearly 70 countries. In 1988, First American approached Canadian officials with a request to open title insurance offices in Canada. Since that time, the company has revolutionized the way title insurance is used and viewed by Canadian consumers and lenders. With the success of its endeavors in Canada, First American used a similar business model to develop international operations around the world. First American was the first title insurance provider in Mexico, Korea, and Hong Kong, and has the leading market share in Australia and England.

Today, First American continues to explore new international opportunities, as well as work with government officials and community leaders in developing nations to help these leaders create legislation that protects landowner rights and secures a stronger local economy.

This proactive approach to service goes beyond just being a vendor, who offers products. First American understands that the only way to bring out the greatest value of the company’s products, and the customer’s business, is to partner with the customer. In response to working alongside its customers, listening to their needs and anticipating what products and services will be a good fit, First American is able to introduce solutions that will meet its customers’ current and future needs.

Come in today, and let First American Title Insurance take care of your title needs.

Western Oregon University

I recently had the distinct privilege of meeting with Western Oregon University President, Dr. Rex Fuller.  We sat in his office with a giant library of gently used books showered me with the knowledge that I was truly in Academia.  Dr. Fuller began by asking about me, but I was more curious about his University.  With Dallas holding dear our closest University I wanted to know more about this place that I have known peripherally for decades.

Without batting an eye, except to let his eyes twinkle with joy, he shared some interesting factoids about WOU.  As I sipped coffee from my marbled WOU mug I listed as this man described the pains of modern university growth but the joy and wisdom in his voice as he described how WOU is going about their building process.  He shared the pocket-sized strategic plan and these were the great things I found out about our own local University:
Together we Achieve:
Western Oregon University is a place for students to Cultivate academic success and streamlines university requirements and academic pathways to graduation.
Together we Learn:
WOU will promote academic excellence in an engaged student-focused learning environment through student, faculty, community and staff initiatives
Together we Engage:
Create meaningful opportunities for lasting partnerships with local communities and regional and global organizations.
Together we Lead:
Promote teamwork and transparency in budgeting, decision-making and the stewardship of resources
Together we Thrive:
Promote effective university stewardship of educational, environmental, financial, human and technological resources
Together we Succeed:
Promote effective university stewardship of educational, environmental, financial, human and technological resources.

For more information on getting connected to Western Oregon University please visit them online at http://www.wou.edu/.

Take Your Pants On A Walk Day

July is great for going to the beach and watching fireworks, but apparently it is also good for… taking your pants for a walk?! That is right – July 27th is Take Your Pants on a Walk Day. A whimsical name for a good day. Celebrated each year this day is a day to get outside and go for a nice walk. It makes sense that where you go, of course your pants will also go.

There are many jokes and cartoon drawings about putting your pants on a leash and actually walking them as you would your pet. We guess that one could do that, however, we would recommend make sure that those are extra pants from your closet and that you are wearing some while on your walk.

Today is about getting out and getting exercise. Make it a fun time with your friends. Take a nice walk along the river, or through the park and enjoy the outdoors, while at the same time, getting the health benefits from your walk, maybe even take your camera with you!

This year Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is easy for us Dallas residents, and the surrounding community to observe. Tomorrow is also the kick off for Summerfest! Come down to the Courthouse lawn and show off your hometown pride. Tomorrows schedule starts with the Willamette Valley Greeters with networking and shopping opportunities for local Chamber business owners. Vendor booths, BINGO, and activities with the National Guard start at 10 in the morning and goes all day until the concert. Throughout the day we will have local entertainment on stage such as Parkside Self Defense, Clouded Skies, and LuAnn Ritts. Starting at 12:30 come down and dunk a dignitary in the dunk tank. Dallas Fire Department will be holding a Waterball Competition at 6 pm. To finish off this great day of fun Ants In the Kitchen will be playing at the Academy stage from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Can you think of a better way to enjoy the summer weather, and take your pants on a walk? Neither can we. Come down, dunk a few people, explore the vendors, and visit with the community.

Chemeketa SBM Announcement

Are you working long and hard on your business, but feel like you are not getting to everything that’s important? Let the Small Business Management (SBM) team provide additional resources and the support of one-on-one coaching to tackle the things that get in your way. Apply to join SBM where established business owners experience increased efficiency, profitability and support through monthly one-on-one business coaching to meet your individual needs. Discover how to start working on your business-not just in it-through interactive classroom learning sessions. Learn by exchanging ideas with other successful business owners and expert presenters.

The SBM program helps established small businesses find the balance you crave between life and work. It helps you rediscover enthusiasm for your work that you felt when you first started your business.

They don’t talk at you. They don’t tell you what to do. They are here to work beside you and treat you as the expert on your business. They want you to feel empowered to stretch and grow. The SBM program is a safe environment to try new things and share your successes and challenges with other experienced business owners.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program is for established business owners like you who want to run a stronger and more profitable business, and be surrounded by other like-minded business owners. Combining classroom learning with one-on-one coaching, this program is an outstanding way to help you achieve your business dreams.

In fact, businesses in this year’s SBM programs increased sales by nearly $8 million in 2017 to 2018 and created 98 jobs!

You can find more details about the program on their website and see testimonials from other business owners and see specifically how they have help others with their businesses.

If interested, your next step is to complete the application on the website sbm.chemeketa.edu or call to chat with them over the next couple of weeks if you have questions whether this program is a good fit for you.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program kicks off mid-September. At this moment, they have a limited number of open spots for the 2018-2019 program year.

Dallas Summerfest

Dallas is preparing to kick off our biggest event of the year!

We hope you are all excited to see what the community has worked so hard to prepare this year. This is our community’s largest event, with three days packed full of fun. We have coordinate activities throughout town, working with local organizations such as the Dallas Kindness Club, Dallas Rotary, Dallas Fires and EMS and the Dallas Lions to name a few along with downtown business to be a part of this great event

This year we are stepping it up a notch with a re-brand and adding a hometown feel with interactive attractions such as youth art competition, dunk a dignitary dunk tank, an array of local entertainment, BINGO, the parade on Saturday, two large scale concerts to finish each day with, and more! This year’s theme for Summerfest is Black and Orange: Hometown Pride

The Annual Dallas Summerfest Parade is hosted by the Dallas Area Visitors Center and kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, July 28th during Dallas Summerfest. You never know what kind of fun and flashy parade floats that our city will come up with, especially with this year’s theme being Black and Orange: Hometown Pride! Come out and celebrate our amazing community with us!

We are also selling Dallas Summerfest Hometown Pride commemorative pennants for a limited time only! Just $5. We will be selling these pennants Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, as well as our office. Our goal is to sell out and have parade attendees waiving them as the parade participants go by, plus it’s a cool keepsake for years to come.

If you are local business looking to promote yourself the Dallas Summerfest Parade is an amazing opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for the parade and would love to see your company involved. It’s a great day of sun and fun, all while getting your name out into the community. We have applications available online at exploredallasoregon.org, in our office, or available at the information booth during Bounty Market.

The third day of our event on Sunday, moves to the City Park where the Dallas Rotary hosts “Breakfast in the Park” and the “Tom Newton Car Show”, along with the Dallas Arts Association’s “Art in the Park” and the “Polk County Bounty Market”.

We look forward to seeing the community come out and enjoy three great days of fun!

Faith Christian School

Faith Christian School is a ministry of Faith Evangelical Free Church. They have been serving the families of Dallas and the surrounding area for over 30 years! Their teachers and staff members love the Lord and are excited to share their faith with the students. God is the center of all they do.

Students, families, and staff all comment on the special “feeling” of the school. People have often said this is a Christian school like no other. They strive to ensure that everyone feels like family. Former students who are in college often come back and volunteer their time teaching drama, music, art, band, etc. because they love the school so much. They come back to visit often and stay very connected to their teachers. Graduates who have grown and married are now starting to send their own children to school here.

Their curriculum is high level and Christ centered. Their SAT test scores are often extremely high. They expect a lot from our students and they challenge them to do their best at all times. But they are also able to offer help to the child who struggles academically because of the small class sizes.

Character development is very important to them and every year the students are encouraged to be people of integrity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, generosity, etc. Mission’s Week is a favorite activity of the school. They encourage the students to listen for God’s call in their lives. Many students have gone on to do short term missions’ trips and some are serving full time in the mission field.

All students starting in first grade learn computer skills. They begin with keyboarding skills and move on to type all their writers’ workshop papers by fifth grade. They offer preschool through eighth grade. Their teachers are highly qualified and certified through the state of Oregon. They have an excellent teacher to student ratio. They are especially proud of their Junior High worship band. They also offer Chapel, PE, Library, and Computer every week.

These qualities and more make Faith Christian School a great choice. Come and take a look for yourself and see just how wonderful Faith Christian School really is!