Dallas Downtown Association

Dallas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome our new member, Dallas Downtown Association!

The Dallas Downtown Association, or DDA, exists to foster a vibrant downtown at the heart of our city. With beautiful buildings, safe and clean streets, and engaged business owners, Dallas has all the ingredients needed for thriving downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association works toward a revitalized downtown by sponsoring enhancements to the physical appearance of downtown such as murals reflecting Dallas history and the restored Blue Garden sign. Dallas Downtown Association also contributes with cleanup and landscape work on the downtown streetscape, and producing or contributing to special events designed to raise awareness and attract visitors to our historic downtown district.

The mission of the Dallas Downtown Association is to encourage and inspire the arts, restoration, economic vitality and community spirit in the historic downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association invites you to reflect on the importance of a vital, healthy downtown district. Our downtown was in the past and can be again the heart of our community. The benefits of revitalizing downtown Dallas are exciting to contemplate.

As the traditional symbol of our community, the downtown district not only expresses our history but also speaks to our potential. As the central core of Dallas, our downtown should welcome and nurture retail businesses and help reinvest revenue from those businesses back into our community.

Increasing the availability of goods and services downtown will in turn attract visitors and increase foot traffic, giving citizens and visitors a shared place to congregate. The creation and retention of new jobs in downtown Dallas will reflect positively on our community’s image and give a boost to property values as well.

The Dallas Downtown Association is a key player in promoting a vital, active downtown in Dallas. Being a DDA member offers numerous benefits. This includes a powerful voice in Dallas’ downtown revitalization, and downtown networking opportunities. Marketing opportunities through Dallas Downtown Association social medial exposure. You receive first access to DDA events, sponsorship opportunities, and participation in promotions. They encourage members to participate in planning specific to downtown projects, with opportunities to attend Oregon Main Street training events and workshops at a free or reduced rate.

They welcome anyone who shares their passion to renew and re-energize downtown Dallas!

 

https://dallasdowntownassociation.org/

Dallas Adopt A Family

The Dallas Adopt a Family Committee would like to thank you for supporting us and taking the time to give back to our Dallas community. In 2017 over 200 families and 12 youth were adopted totaling more than 1,000 individuals, including 622 children.  

The holidays are just around the corner and we know our community needs will be high this year. If you are able, we are asking for your help to adopt a local family by providing food for a Christmas meal and gifts for each child in the home. If you are unable to shop, but would still like to adopt a family, monetary donations are welcome. We have volunteers that will take care of the shopping and wrapping for you.

In November, we will be registering families in need of assistance. As families register they will be matched with our generous donors. Donors can expect to receive their adoption packet no later than the first week of December.

If you are interested in adopting a family, please complete the online donor registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp  and return it to the Dallas Resource Center (182 SW Academy St. Suite 220). Donor registration must be completed and received no later than Thursday, November 29th at 5pm.

With your help, we can make this a wonderful Christmas for the families in our community.

Thank you,

 Dallas Adopt a Family Committee

 

Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the online form at the attached link above. Shopping Day will be held on Monday, December 17th, and Wrapping Day is Tuesday, December 17th.On December 19th Donors may drop off their wrapped gifts and foods. Thursday, December 20th volunteers will be assisting families as they pick up what the community has provided.

Donations are needed for wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, gift tags, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and $25 Safeway and Walmart gift card. All donations can be dropped off at the Dallas Community Resource Center before December 18th.

Dallas Adopt a Family matches local families with community member, agencies, businesses, clubs, and churches who would like to “adopt” them for Christmas. Each adopted family receives food to prepare a Christmas meal and a gift for each child from ages zero to eighteen.

Welcoming Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense instructors are trained professionals with experience in Taekwondo, Karate, Aikido, Kenpo, Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts. They actively teach the character building traits that develop black belts from the inside out; focus, discipline, self-control and perseverance to name a few. They maintain a staff of highly skilled, thoroughly educated professionals to give you the very best in martial arts education in the Dallas, Oregon area. Parkside Self Defense is on a constant quest to be the best, so their students can always expect the very best in martial art training.

Parkside Self Defense is designed as a personal development system as well as a self-defense system. Their classes are filled with excitement, yet focused on developing the inner qualities of a champion. Learning builds a sense of accomplishment. With each new accomplishment the student’s self-confidence grows, and confidence is the first step in the empowerment of a person’s physical and mental abilities.

Once they begin to develop a student’s self-confidence, they are then able to instill the values of respect, courtesy, honesty, perseverance, and integrity that are the foundation of martial arts dating back thousands of years.

Furthermore, your child will develop perseverance, which is a non-quitting spirit to overcome life’s obstacles. Instilling a non-quitting spirit helps a child overcome challenges, to succeed in the face of adversity – to be a goal setter, and a goal-getter.

These combined physical and character foundations that Parkside Self Defense develops helps children excel in their academic life, sports, and social environment. It ensures that they will have the confidence in themselves and the character to make the right decisions when confronted with negative peer pressure. They will be leaders, not followers.

At Parkside Self Defense their instructors are here to guide, instruct, and motivate each child to be the best that they can be. It can be heartbreaking for a child to sit on the bench because he or she is not “good enough” to make the team. How sad it is that this world has placed this type of negative pressure on our youth at such an early age..

They believe that in order to build a champion kid, a coach needs to understand that each child has his or her own unique abilities. Their program allows your child to find the inner-strength and confidence to know they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors center is pleased to welcome Parkside Self Defense into our Chamber community!

 

https://parksideselfdefense.com/

Debbie Butler – Windermere Real Estate

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center would like to congratulate and welcome Debbie Butler with Windermere Real Estate to our family. Debbie Butler is your real estate broker serving Dallas, Monmouth, and the Willamette Valley.

As your Real Estate Broker, Debbie understands that buying or selling a home is a very important time in your life. Moving, packing and important decisions affecting your future. Debbie will work diligently to make sure things go as smooth as possible while guiding you through the process. Communication is key. Rest assured Debbie will work closely with you keeping you informed during your property or home transaction. Her website is full of home staging tips and inspection information to ensure her clients are as informed as possible during the buying and selling process.

Debbie Butler is a native Oregonian who enjoys the beautiful outdoors and all the amenities the Willamette Valley has to offer. She resides in Dallas, Oregon and has had a passion for real estate since buying her first home at age 20.

Serving Dallas, Monmouth, Salem and the Willamette Valley. It would be her pleasure to help you in your next home or property transaction.

Please be sure to give a warm welcome Debbie Butler with Windermere Real Estate.

 

From my first contact with Debbie Butler, she led me confidently and professionally through the sale of my home of thirty-two years. I would, and have, recommend Debbie to anyone seeking a great support of the process of buying or selling a home.” –Jo M.

Debbie is a wonderful realtor and person. I have had the chance to know her personally now for a couple years, and when it came time for my parents to find someone with experience and knowledge helping them sell their old home and find their current one I knew that NO ONE would be a better choice than Debbie. She is patient, calm, understanding, knowledgeable and tough when it’s time to be tough. She showed nothing but kindness to my parents who are older, and listened to all their concerns as they popped up. I would and will HIGHLY recommend her to all my friends and family looking to buy property in Oregon.” – Jennifer B.

Wake Up Wednesday News: Part 2

West Valley Taphouse

West Valley Taphouse is getting ready for “Tap into Polk County”. September 14th through the 16th they will be throwing “Fresh Hop Fest” to lead into the county wide week of Polk Beer. Come down to West Valley Taphouse where they will be tapping into a new Fresh Hop IPA each day, all from local producers.

This Thursday Barley Browns Beer will be taking over the tap. West Valley Taphouse seven of their beers on tap with free merchandise and games!

St. Thomas Jazz Festival

St. Thomas is kicking off their annual Jazz Festival this Sunday, September 9th. Stroll the beautiful winery grounds of Kathken Winery, relax by the trout pond under the shade and have a family-friendly good time for three great local charities: CASA, Sable House, and Polk Community Free Clinic. King Louse and LaRhonda Steele, and Ellen Whyte with Sue Orfield with be featured for the audiences’ enjoyment. Come and support the community charities with a great time.

MV Advancements

MV Advancements continues to serve adults with disabilities, mental and physical, in our community. They strive to place adults who wish to work, who are able to work in the right position. MV Advancements will match the perfect person for you and your business, and assist with training. If you have a job opening available that you think would be a perfect fit for someone in need of a chance then contact MV Advancements.

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Dallas Area Visitors Center is preparing for our next two events: Trick or Treat and Winterfest. We are looking for vendors who would like to participate in Trick or Treat. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the families in our community, as well as get your business out there.

Winterfest is in need of a committee! If you enjoy planning events, or have some fresh ideas to bring to the table then please join us. We would love to hear from the community what they would like to see.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you might have for either events, or business partners.

New Member

Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors center is pleased to welcome a new member; Pfaff-Karren Insurance!

Pfaff-Karren Insurance is a leading insurance agency in the greater Polk County area. Since 1947, they have been serving their clients and meeting their individual needs. They look forward to working with you!

In 1947, John Pfaff opened John Pfaff & Co in downtown Independence. John had a reputation for his commitment and amazing person service that he gave his clients and friends. As the agency grew, he took a partner: Thomas Karen. In the mid-1970’s, John’s son Tom joined the agency. John would retire in 1978, and Tom Pfaff and Tom Karren formed the newly named Pfaff-Karren Insurance. The agency moved into the brand new Central Plaza in Independence in 1980, where it is still located today. Tom and his family are legendary supporters of both our community and Central High School sports. After 40 years in the insurance agency, Tom Pfaff decided to start his retirement process and sold the agency to Karen Frascone and Kristin Thomas.

Kristin was raised in Polk County, graduating from Dallas High School. Before entering the insurance industry, Kristin worked for the State of Oregon. She became licensed in Life & Health and Property & Casualty in 2009, purchasing TNT Insurance Services in 2014. She moved to Pfaff-Karren Insurance in June of 2016 with her assistant, Alondra Hernandez. The next year, she purchased Pfaff-Karren Insurance with her partner, Karen Frascone.

Karen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Both she and her husband Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin, then spent a year hitchhiking through Europe. They came to Oregon in 1979, and settled in Dallas. She worked for the law firm if Shetterly, Irick, and Shetterly in Dallas until 1998, and became a licensed life and health insurance agent in 2000. She joined Pfaff-Karren Insurance in the fall of 2010.

They pride themselves on having many 3rd, and 4th generation clients, which speaks volumes to the continued commitment and personal service John Pfaff believed in.

We encourage you to stop in and say hello. As always, their coffee is on and their door is open.

New Kids on the Block – Welcome New Members

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome two new members to our family; Luckiamute Valley Charter School and Beal Christmas Tree Farm.

Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools mission is to create a community where students, staff and families work together to cultivate the academic, social, emotional, and ethical growth of each student. Building on children’s innate curiosity and joy in learning, Luckiamute Valley Charter School promotes unique programs with a solid traditional academic foundation, incorporating current technology. They strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment so that children become confident thinkers and life-long learners. The foundation that makes this possible is a school community where parents and teachers work in cooperation for the good of every child, and a community that values the school at its heart. If you are interested in more information about them you can contact them at either their Bridgeport campus, (503) 623-4837, or Pedee campus, (503) 838-1933.

Beal Christmas Tree Farm is a family owned and operated Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm located at 700 Oak Villa Road. They offer two ways to get your perfect fresh-cut Christmas tree. You can either come to the farm to choose your tree and take it home or have your tree delivered right to your door-step. While their Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving to December 22nd, they have not limited themselves to just one holiday. In October they host a Pumpkin Patch for the community to enjoy. They grow pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes for you to choose from. A unique I-Spy walking trail game for all ages, Corn Hole games, a FFA Petting Zoo, and more are just some of the unique activities they offer their customers. No admission is required, and they also have popcorn and hot dog meals available. If you are looking for a great way to spend time with the family during the holiday season then we would point you in Beal Christmas Tree Farms direction.

Welcome once again to both Luckiamute Valley Charter School, and Beal Christmas Tree Farms. We look forward to what the future holds!