Dallas Retirement Village – Evy Nickel

Evy Nickel, a resident at Dallas Retirement Village Apartments, is a designer and innovator by training and osmosis. Some years ago a friend, who was ill, asked her to make something to keep him warm. Rather than the traditional blanket or scarf, Evy took it up a notch and made him a monkey! Stitched with love and filled with rice, these adorable companions can be heated in the microwave and provide gentle warm comfort.

Over the years, Evy made many monkeys that she gave to friends or contributed to non-profits for markets and bazaars. A group from her church would gather and make monkeys for hospice patients who gained comfort just having them to hold. Eventually, Evy obtained a patent for her design, started naming each monkey individually, and called her endeavor MONKEY BUSINESS ADOPTION AGENCY. The monkeys were made in two sizes – a larger one the “caregiver” and a smaller one the “buddy’.

With her move to DRV and the chore of clearing out a large house, she needed to decide what to do with her collection of materials to make many additional monkeys. Her decision was as innovative as only Evy can be… she gifted everything to the Dallas Retirement Village Foundation to use as a fundraiser. Residents were recruited to help sew, stuff and name monkeys, and the marketing began. Because all the materials and labor are donated, 100% of the sales go to Dallas Retirement Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. Ever since these adorable little companions showed up, they have been flying off the shelf!

If you would like to adopt one of these unique monkeys, they can be found in the gift shop of the Health Center at Dallas Retirement Village: 377 NW Jasper Street and also on campus in the main lobby of the Lodge Clubhouse and Village Apartments. If you take one of these lil cuties home, please know that you are not only getting a warm companion, but you are also helping the Dallas Retirement Village staff continue their education to become better caregivers and comforters.

https://www.dallasretirementvillage.com/

Fowler Homes

Fowler Homes, LLC is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2019 Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk County’s Tour of Homes. The tour will begin on Saturday, June 15th, continuing daily through Sunday, June 23rd. Hours are daily 6 PM to 9 PM and weekends Noon to 6 PM. We invite you to visit our model home and see what’s happening in Dallas!

Not only is Fowler Homes dedicated to building quality homes for their clients, but they are also involved in land development and other ventures to help create viable neighborhoods to better communities.

Fowler Homes, LLC is part of the Fowler Companies, which includes residential construction, heavy civil construction, equipment rental, land development and investment, and other ventures in the mid-Willamette Valley. Started in 1972, the Fowler Companies have grown from a local small firm specializing in civil construction projects into one of the largest family-owned and -managed groups of companies in the area. The Fowler Companies all share a commitment to excellence, integrity, and service in all facets of the projects in the communities we serve.

http://fowlerhomesinc.com/

Capitol Auto Group

With three gleaming new dealerships on the Salem Parkway, you might think Capitol Auto Group is the new kid on the block. But actually, they’ve been serving the greater Salem area for over 80 years – that’s nearly three generation of genuine, customer-focused service that’s known throughout the state.

Their newly expanded dealerships feature beautiful in-door showrooms, one of the largest selection of vehicle in the region, and a parts and service department that’s the envy of the industry.

Automotive service shouldn’t throw a wrench into your day. At Captiol Auto Group, they understand the importance of your vehicle to you. So they’ve built and operate their service centers with your convenience in mind. Their expert factory trained service team is fast and efficient, and you won’t find friendlier folks anywhere. With our high-tech service facilities and friendly and expert technicians, you can count on us to speed you on your way as quickly as possible.

These qualities have led to Capitol Auto Group to win Silver for Best in the Mid-Valley Dealership, and Bronze for Best in the Mid-Valley Repair Services. So come on over to Capitol Auto in Salem today to see how they can help you!

https://www.capitolauto.com/

Dallas School District #2

The primary purpose of Dallas School District is to provide opportunities for the full intellectual development of each child. The child has the responsibility to himself and society to purposely pursue the educational opportunities provided him. Dallas School District has a shared responsibility with parents and with other institutions and agencies for the social, physical, and emotional growth and development of the individual child.

The school must assume a major responsibility for developing in children: a spirit of patriotism based on a deep and abiding love of our country; an understanding of the basic principles of American democracy; a commitment to participate as citizens in the decision making processes; and, an understanding of the duties, responsibilities and rights of every citizen.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children; an understanding of our economic system based on individual initiative, private property right and competition; a respect for the human dignity attained through productive work; a determination to become contributing persons within our economic system; and, an active concern for the conservation and wise use of our natural resources including the protection of our total environment.

The school has a responsibility for developing in all children an awareness of the societal responsibilities to themselves, to other individuals and the local community or to the larger community of state, nation, or world.

It is an obligation to our children, community and country to institute those programs necessary to fulfill the education needs of our children and to provide the facilities, materials, technology, and staff required to do so.

Dallas School District is working hard to shape the future.

 

https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/

Washington Federal Financial Literacy Programs

Save at School-This program for students is our biggest outreach currently. We partner alongside Faith Christian School and have worked in the past with Dallas Community School for this program. We visit the schools on a monthly basis to see the kids and collect deposits for their accounts, which we take back to the bank for them. We also have conducted small sessions for groups of kids at these levels to talk about saving and do fun activities about banking. We haven’t currently worked with any of the larger public elementary schools in Dallas, but would love the opportunity to work alongside classrooms and schools.

Seniors Financial Class-Currently we also host a monthly class with the Dallas Senior Center offering financial advice and information about scams to the local seniors. This has been a great opportunity for some of our older clients and Dallas residents to get a more personal look at some of their finances, keep them in the loop with some of the most pressing and popular scams that could be presented to them, and ask lots of questions about trusts; powers of attorneys; setting up accounts; and making sure they are financially set.

Financial Beginnings– We partner with a company called Financial Beginnings that works with local schools across Oregon to bring financial literacy to students of all ages. The Dallas branch are all certified volunteers and hosts through this program. Teachers can reach out and ask for specific classes, times, and curriculums and we fill the need or we can offer the courses to schools. The program covers lots of topics and is very flexible for the classes and what they need for their setting.

MoneySmart- MoneySmart is a program that our bank developed for different age levels. (elementary-adult) We have all the curriculum available in the branches and can customize it to certain groups or settings. I’ve used bits for some of our Save at School learning sessions and we’ve utilized some topics for our seniors, but we have yet to find a group we can actively use this with. This would be a great free financial program for a community class, schools, or groups. We haven’t currently been presented with a need for it, but should we get an interested party in presenting a financial class or group we would definitely be able to conduct something for our community.

FinStrong-This is a program still in the works that our bank is developing. One of our banks goals is not just offering typical banking services to our clients, but also recognizing that budgeting and banking can be tough and wanting to equip our clients with the right tools and expertise to thrive financially. Right now all employees are going through the program for a trial run to get a feel for the program and also make sure that we are equipped to guide our clients with the right resources they need.

Heartland Merchant Services/Payroll/POS Systems- Washington Federal partners with a company called Heartland to offer amazing value and prices with merchant services, payroll, HR services, and POS terminals for all business types. This is something that we are really passionate about trying to spread to our business community as we have been able to save many businesses money, bring more value, and get people out of long locked in contracts with their current providers. We have two local reps that work to have conversations with businesses at no obligation just to see if they could bring any extra value to a business. This would even be a great comparison tool for current businesses or people looking to start in the area. It is something we offer to everyone, not just clients of Washington Federal. I cannot rave enough about these services and how they’ve helped local businesses in Dallas. Businesses could just come into the branch of give us a call to have us personally get them in touch just to talk with someone to help understand their current situation and how they could possibly find better solutions through Heartland.

Notary Services- We offer FREE notary services to clients and non-clients. Jana Peckham is our branch notary and is happy to assist anyone with notarizing and witnessing documents, no appointment necessary.

Mortgage and Business Loans-Washington Federal offers mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, construction and remodeling loans, refinancing, and lot loans for people. We also offer business lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, and term loans for expansions and improvements. Debbie our branch manager has been working with the company for over thirty years and is well skilled in finding the best loan options for anybody who walks in through the door.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

The Independence Hotel Opening Soon!

“Experience what brought pioneers to the valley over 200 years ago and the richness that has survived and thrived all that time.  The Independence Hotel will provide the place for you to start your exploration.  Whether you are in town for the wine, beer, cycling, river adventure, education, or events, the Independence provides the perfect place to relaxation and gathering.”

A boutique hotel is coming to Independence this year, the latest development in a broader effort to revitalize the city’s historic downtown.

The Hotel at Independence Landing broke ground at 15 C St. near the Willamette River and Riverview Park on Monday, March 12 and opens in July 2019.

Gresham-based Tokola Properties, which is building the hotel, also will construct more than 120 apartments in the years following the hotel opening as part of a three-phase development, said Dwight Unti, the company’s president. Plans also call for a series of townhouses.

Developers have geared the Independence Hotel toward wine tourism enthusiasts, business guests, visitors to Western Oregon University and cyclists riding the Willamette Valley.

Bicyclists will be able to take advantage of a 24-space bicycle repair room with tools. The hotel will include an outdoor bike-washing area, Unti said, and rooms will have spaces to park bicycles.

Boutique hotels tend to be smaller than other mainstream hotels. The Independence hotel, featuring “warm and contemporary” architecture that compliments the historic downtown area, will have 75 rooms, Unti said.

Polk County is excited to welcome this new economic addition to our community!

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West Valley Taphouse

Welcome to Dallas’ local hang out, West Valley Taphouse.  Offering 65 taps of the best craft beer, cider, local wine, kombucha, and craft sodas. in the West Valley, the Taphouse offers happy hour every day from 2 pm to 5 pm where all appetizers are $5 and $1 off all pints.

West Valley Taphouse has been hard at work over the last year to ensure they are offering Dallas the best experience. The recent remodel, including 18 different changes, are designed to make the atmosphere more comfortable, modern, and welcoming. In addition, the Taphouse is featuring a new menu to offer delicious local food. With Summer around the corner make sure you enjoy some time on their new outdoor patio.

Tap Takeover has returned! June 6th Tap Takeover will be with Wilde Ride Brewing. They will bring samples and free swag and games. This is a great opportunity to talk to a company representative and learn what exactly makes each brewing company unique.

Since joining the Dallas community, West Valley Taphouse has gained a reputation for giving back. Community involvement and giving back is definitely not lost on Sam Duffner, owner of West Valley Taphouse. Patrons enjoy getting together to enjoy new and unique craft beers, ciders and delicious food. Owners and staff have worked hard to create a family friendly environment with options of non-alcoholic drinks. Everyone is welcomed at West Valley Taphouse until 9pm.

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense is gearing up for our summer camps! Here are just a few of the many activities we have in mind for kids this summer.

Learn the ways of the ninja! This is a unique and informative two day martial arts training camp where kids will learn the history, culture, and techniques used by the ninja in Feudal Japan. Great for kids ages 10 and above. Ninja Camp will take place June 28th from 12 pm to 4 pm, and June 29th from 12 pm to 5 pm. The cost is $100 for the camp, and will include a ninja sword, three ninja stars. If you preregister before June 15th you will also receive a Parkside T-shirt while supplies last, and a month of free lessons!

Jedi Camp July 20th from 12 pm to 3 pm, and July 21st 12 pm to 4 pm. Camp cost will include a Lightsaber, a Parkside T-shirt for $150. Preregister before July 6th, and receive a free month of lessons. Students will participate in agility course, learning the basics for a saber, learning the laws of the Jedi, and reenact their favorite scenes from the movies.

Don’t miss out on any of these fun camps, and follow us on Facebook for more activities!

https://www.facebook.com/ParksideSelfDefense/

Don’t Only Think About Yourself

Everyone at a networking event needs something. Networking can be described as the process of interacting or engaging in communication with others for mutual assistance or support. Networking is a “give and take” thing and going the extra mile to help others will help inspire other people to go the extra mile for you.

You’re talented! Eager! Ambitious! You have lots of ideas to share! And you want to make sure that every person you meet at the event knows who you are and what you do!

We get it. And yes, sharing your story with new contacts is important. But sharing your life story is overkill. Nothing can set a person off more than an aspiring professional who takes no interest in anything beside her own ambitions.

Stop highlighting your latest accomplishment and start listening instead. Find people with industries or careers of interest to you, and ask them questions: How did they get their start? What do they love about their jobs, and what do they wish they could change? By taking an interest in your contact, you will make her feel valued—and hopefully interested in continuing the relationship. And you’ll likely gain some new insights, too.

If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it—work for it. Do some research into what your contact does both in and out of work and find ways that you can contribute your time or support. Perhaps you could volunteer your expertise in social media for the big convention she’s heading up, or offer your accounting knowledge for her non-profit. Maybe you are not the solution, but you know someone who is. Provide some opportunity for contacts to see you in a working light, and you’ll be that much closer to a good referral.

Reading: A Habit Worth Fostering

There are two distinct types of people when it comes to reading: those who love to read, and those who cannot say when it was that they last read a complete article, let alone a book. With all of the options for consuming the written word, it is a shame that anyone misses out the benefits of reading.

There are many health benefits to curling up with a good book. Reading is one of the best ways to exercise the brain. Brain stimulation in the form of reading decreases stress and increases memory. It has also been proven to help slow and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Reading also helps with focus and concentration, something that many struggle with, within the multitasking demands in today’s society.

With regards to the inherent professional benefits, reading is one of the single best ways to help advance your career. People who read on a consistent basis have larger vocabularies, enhanced writing skills, and tend to be promoted more quickly and more often than their non-reading counterparts. Reading is the most affordable education one can obtain. A library card can open up a world of possibilities to knowledge. There are also many free business books available on Kindle, iBooks, Google Books, and Nook through the Gutenberg Project.

A reading habit does not have to be strictly related to business or literature. Lighter reading, such as graphic novels, and bestsellers are great escapes. Additionally, audio books, magazines, and newspapers are also great at stimulating the mind and provide the same benefits. Set a goal of reading just 15 to 30 minutes per day to place yourself on the part of establishing a great reading habit.

There are so many great business books for those who prefer that genre or who want to inject a bit of professional development into their reading diet. No matter your industry, there are a wide variety of books that are both entertaining and informative.

Regardless of the genre or variant (i.e. hardcover, paperback, e-book, audio book), developing a reading habit will benefit your mind, body, and career.