Wake Up Wednesday

This Wake Up Wednesday we enjoyed a view and a glass of wine at the beautiful Johan Vineyards. If you have never been there before I highly encourage you to take the drive out there. Located near Left Coast Cellers, Johan takes you through their vineyard surrounded by natural beauty. Unique in the area for being the only Norwegian inspired wine Johan offers an exceptional variety that will tantalize anyone’s palette with a menu that is rotated monthly to continuously offer their clients the best of the season. Outside Johan offers a view over looking the surrounding valley that is breath taking. Sit out on their patio, enjoy a glass of wine with some good company, and take a moment to savor the beautiful valley that we are privileged to live in.

Coming August 25th Johan Vineyards will be hosting their annual “Dinner in The Vineyard”. Johan Vineyards will partner with Fimbul Nordic Supper Club who will be carefully preparing dishes inspired by the Nordic landscape and ancient Scandinavian traditions, while Johan will pair each course with a biodynamically farmed wine that pays homage to those same influences. The entire dinner is served tin the heart of the vineyard, just before harvest, when the vines are in their full glory. It is an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Space is limited to 30 guests. The menu and ingredients are limited, so please contact Johan Vineyards prior to reservation regarding dietary restrictions. Cost is $160 per person, $145 for Wine Club Members all inclusive. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

2018 “Dinner in The Vineyard” Menu

Bread Velkomin

Traditional Nordic bread and rhubarb jam

Paired with 2016 Petillant Taturel, Rose of Pinot Noir

Snack I

Mussels, apple and seaweed

Lamb tartar, dill and leeks

Paired with 2010 Traditional Method Sparkling

First Course

Salmon, seaberries, parsnip, and roe

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Visdom”

Snack II

Peas, nasturtium, and beet chip

Paired with 2016 Gruner Veltliner

Second Course

Hay-smoked venison, rutabaga, and whey

Paired with 2014 Pinot Gris “Drueskall”

Snack III

Plum, fresh cheese, and rye

Paired with 2014 Blaufankisch

Third Course

Lamb and cabbage or “farikal”

Paired with 2014 Pinot Noir “Three Barrel”

Dessert

Skyr cheesecake, blueberries, and cream

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Noble”

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Pokemon fans to Final Fantasy nerds, LARP’ers to Medieval Reenactors, rise up and be proud! Don your Lyre Pipe hats and your rattan swords, polish up your gunblades and bundle up your pokeballs, Embrace Your Geekness Day is for you! No matter what your fandom or what impassions you to creativity and brings skip to your step, cry it loud and proud! The Geek and fan community is truly one of the most amazing and creative groups out there, and every year more geeks are crying their fandoms loud and proud.

What exactly does it mean to be a geek? Well, definitions differ (and believe me, you don’t want to look up the Victorian age definition of a geek) but in today’s world it just means one thing. A geek is completely obsessed with one or more subjects, and can speak fluently on it for hours, sounding like a walking encyclopedia of geeky facts.

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud. Geekdom brings people together, whether they’re sharing their love of a mutual fandom, or talking about their individual fandoms to inspire others to check it out, they love community. Some of the most amazing costuming and tech gadgets have been put together by people inspired by the shows, stories, and games that they love. That’s the power of being in touch with your imagination, and that’s what Embrace Your Geekness Day is all about.

If you have a fandom you’ve been hiding in a closet, don’t let it sit there unloved anymore. Get out into the world and wear your favorite shows t-shirt, talk to your friends about the stuff you love, maybe even try an arts project. Don’t restrain yourself to just comic books, dungeon games, and mangas. What are you passionate about? People, animals, sports? Embrace it. Embrace Your Geekness Day reminds us that we’re not alone in our Geekness, and the world is a better place for our bright showing of imagination, creativity, and pride. Now get out there and get your geek on!

14 Memorable TV Geeks for Embrace Your Geekness Day:

  1. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
  2. Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  3. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
  4. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation
  5. Dexter from Dexters Lab
  6. The Kids from Stranger Things
  7. Liz Lemon from 30 Rocks
  8. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell
  9. J.D. from Scrubs
  10. Abed Nadir from Community
  11. Dwight Schrute from The Office
  12. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  13. Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World
  14. Eric Forman from That ‘70s Show

Chamber Luncheon – Shawn Howe

This next speaker series luncheon on Monday, July 16th, will be from a Dallas High School graduate who has coached on some of the nation’s largest stages including University of Tennessee, USC, Memphis, and others. Shawn Howe, new Defensive Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, will be sharing his story with us.

On February 23rd, Shawn Howe was named the Defensive Line Coach by Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia.

Howe spent the last three seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Dixie State University. Last season, Howe’s defense ranked 21st in the nation in fewest passing yards allowed and picked off 13 passes.

Prior to his arrival to DSU, he was the defensive line coach at Humboldt State University for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During his tenure at HSU, Howe coached one All-American and six all-conference performers while his 2014 unit led the nation in sacks.

Howe worked with the Southern California football program for two seasons, including the 2012 season with current CCU defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders. Howe as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 2012 and was a defensive assistant in 2011. Before his time with the Trojans, Howe spent four years in the state of Tennessee with a brief stint at Gardner-Webb. In 2010, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee helping the Volunteers reach the Music City Bowl. However, from January to June 2010 Howe was the defensive line coach with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He spent the previous three years as a graduate assistant coach at Memphis. He worked the Tigers’ defense the first two years and coached the tight ends in 2009. Memphis played in the New Orleans Bowl in 2007, and the St. Petersburg Bowl in 2008.

He came to Memphis after working as a volunteer assistant at North Carolina State in 2006, helping with the defensive line. He began his coaching career at Rocky Mountain College, his alma mater, serving as the outside linebackers coach in 2004, and 2005.

Howe played defensive end and linebacker at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA in 2000, and 2001, earning All-Mid-Empire Conference first team honors in 2000 when he was the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He then transferred to Rocky Mountain College, where he was a two-year starter at defensive end. He graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health.

This Monday Shawn Howe will be speaking on his journey from small town Dallas, to some of the biggest fields in the nation. You don’t want to miss this!

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

It’s a wonderful day for a stroll in the woods! Grab your favorite stuffed toy, a hamper goodies, and set off for a Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Why not arrange an outing with friends and family, and enjoy the summer sun, fun and games, and creativity with your favorite toys?

Celebrated mainly in the United States, Canada, Australian and in some parts of Europe, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day is celebrated on July 10th. If you are planning on going down to the woods today for a picnic, why not plan a big family surprise picnic that will have the kids super-excited or at the very least, have your teens in stitches at the silliness of it all!

How to Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day:

Step One: Find your favorite teddy bears. Spruce them up in readiness for attending the picnic. After all, even they get to enjoy a little primping and preening before their big outing.

Step Two: If it’s a girl then dress her up in dresses or accessories, and if it’s a boy dress him up in smart clothes. Go all out; wash your teddy bear, and refurbish your teddy bear. Sew a teddy bear if you a) have the talent and ability, and b) if you don’t have a teddy bear, or enough of them to make a picnic. If your kids are already in on the picnic, have them make their bears a teddy bear suitcase to keep them busy in the background.

Step Three: Prepare the food. No Teddy Bear’s picnic would be complete without the right food. Don’t forget that bears love honey and other sweet things! Some ideas of what to make or buy include: Sandwiches, salad (use “bear paw” servers to serve it with), cupcakes, honey cake, teddy bear shaped crackers (and teach your kids how to dunk a teddy bear biscuit in milk)

Step Four: Pack everything needed into an old-fashioned picnic basket. Make sure to include plates, cups, utensils, and picnic rugs to sit on.

Step Five: Play teddy bear games and hold bear competitions. Even the adults can have some fun. Hold a competition for the best-dressed bear, the smallest and tallest bears, for the best-named bear. Play hid and seek with the bears, the rules are up to you. Have the kids play act being a bear. Play look out for the bear. Just have fun!

Step Six: Hold some teddy bear activities. Paint bear paws on the children’s faces. Make a bear out of clay or play-dough. Read bear stories.

Step Seven: Tell the children it’s the teddy bear’s bedtime when it’s time to wrap the picnic. It will help prevent tears and complaints and you can lay it on thick, asking the children to look after their tired teddies.

Just have fun with this silly little holiday, we are lucky enough to live in a beautiful community with city and national parks to take advantage of. Get out and spend time in nature, and more importantly with family!

Abbey Roads LIVE!

“One of the world’s premier Beatles cover bands” – US News and World Report

“Unquestionably expert at what they do.” – Indyweek

“I loved the Abbey Road LIVE! Band! They were awesome! I would go see them anywhere I could. If it wasn’t so fun watching them enjoy playing, one could close their eyes and have a great idea of what an Abbey Road tour by the Beatles would have sounded like, just Awesome!”

Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! Has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theaters, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental “Abbey Road” album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than a 100 Beatles tunes, from all ears of the Fab Four’s career. The band specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of masterpieces such as “Abbey Road”, “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver”, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”.

Abbey Road LIVE! Is made up of four all-star musicians from the infamous Athens GA music scene that gave the world R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and B-52s. Collectively the band members have recorded and toured regularly with Cosmic Charlie, Charlie Mars, and Fuzzy Sprouts. Individual band members have also collaborated with acts such as Indigo Girls, Juliana Hatfield, Mike house (Widespread Panic), Danielle Howle and Lemonheads.

While the four lads from Athens GA generally perform as a quartet, they have also been known to recruit the “Magical Mystery Horns” and the “Lonely Hearts Strings”, lending authentic accompaniment to the more elaborately orchestrated tunes. The latest addition to the Abbey Road LIVE! Musical arsenal is a real Indian sitar and tablas.

At a typical Abbey Road LIVE! Show, audiences young and old can be found gleefully singing along with every word, many in utter disbelief at getting to hear this monumental music performed live; something that even the Beatles themselves never did, since they stopped touring in 1966.

We hope to see you when they perform at Sounds of Summer this Thursday, July 5th! The music will kick off at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm, with food vendors and beer garden on site.

Freedomfest 2018

Independence Day 2018, also known as Fourth of July, is a federal holiday observed yearly on July fourth. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1776.

The history of Independence Day 2018 dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, 1775-17783. In June 1779, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare independence of the United States from Great Britain. On July 2, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 and most have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as it is commonly believed. The holiday remains to be celebrated on the fourth of July. Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

Dallas will once again be celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way; Freedomfest! We invite you to join us Wednesday for a spectacular day and evening for family fun as we recognize our service men and women with a pickleball tournament, BBQ competition, beer garden, vendors, non-profit hosted games, field games, music, food trucks, bingo, and of course the first-rate fireworks show at dusk. All activities will be held at the Roger Jorden Community Park. Dallas Fire and EMS Department will light off the show from LaCreole Middle School. Citizens are encouraged to grab their chairs, blankets and family for the celebration. Come down early to pick your spot!

International Joke Day

Do you think you’re funny? The best way to get a feel for a country is to try to understand the humor. Laughter is a universally recognized expression of amusement, and joke telling can become a professional gig for those that truly have the humorous touch. International Joke Day on July 2nd, is the perfect day to let out all the guffaw producing, or groan inducing jokes you’ve collected over the years, sharing them with friends or any passerby you can get to listen to you.

International Joke Day seems have officially begun in the United States but whatever the origins of International Joke Day, it is clear that jokes themselves pre-date by hundreds and hundreds of years. The first joke is often attributed to the Greeks, specifically Palamedes, who is also credited with the invention of many other things. An example of ancient Greek joke telling reads thus:

“A barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor take a journey together. They have to camp overnight, and so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Greece also boasts the first comedy club, though its purpose was sharing jokes among friends rather than stand up performances as we have now. Jokes have likely been told since man first looked at himself in a pool of water a passed judgment on his own complexion, so it’s a safe bet that people have been celebrating jokes for a long time.

There are many options for celebrating! You could simply tell some jokes to a co-worker or friend, or a stranger on the street, whoever seems to need the most hilarity in their day. Or invite your friends over for a joke telling party! Take turns telling jokes or reading them out of a joke book or online source.

Another option is to visit a local comedy club and listen to a professional, or wannabe pro, tell jokes for a night of fun! Find out if the club has open mic opportunities and consider sharing some jokes of your own. If going out for a night on the town doesn’t suit your fancy you could pull up some DVD’s of a famous comedian’s standup routine, such as Robin Williams or Jim Carrey or a TV channel may play an hour long standup comedy special featuring well known comedians such as Daniel Tosh

Need some inspiration? Try out these international jokes:

France:

“What would a parrot says that got its leg stuck in a freezer?” “Shiver me timbers.”

“You’re a high-priced lawyer! If I give you 500 dollars, will you answer two questions?” “Absolutely! What’s the second question?”

Belgium:

“Well, you see, there are basically three kinds of people in the world: those who can count ant those that can’t.”

Sweden:

“A guy phones the local hospital and yells, ‘you’ve gotta send help! My wife’s in labor!’ The nurse says, ‘calm down. Is this her first child?’ He replies, ‘No! This is her husband!’”

Canada:

You know you’re from Canada when…

  1. Driving in the winter is better because all the potholes are filled in with snow.
  2. If the local newspaper requires 2 pages for national and international headlines, but requires three for hockey.
  3. If “vacation” means going anywhere south of Detroit for the weekend.
  4. If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number.
  5. If you find -40C a “little chilly.”

China:

I was walking down the mall with a friend yesterday when he turned to me and said, “Seeing all those flags on display makes me so proud of my country.”

“But Chan, you’re Chinese,” I replied, “All those flags are British.”

“No they’re not,” he laughed, “just take a look at those labels!”

CASA “Fore” The Kids Golf Tournament

In 1977, Judge David Soukup of Seattle realized that there was no one in the courtroom whose only job was to provide a voice for the child. He was consumed by the fact that very little information was provided about the child and didn’t know if he was doing the best job he could. He believed that volunteers, properly trained, could speak for the children and give judges better insight into the facts pertaining to the child. Through his efforts the first volunteer guardian “ad litem” program was established, which later became known as CASA.

The core components of Judge Soukup’s pilot program are essentially the same today: judges appoint selected, well-trained volunteers to represent the best interests of children in court. CASA volunteers typically handle just one or two cases at a time so they can provide in-depth, first-hand documented information to judges, attorneys, and social workers to assist in sound decision making.

In 1987, the Oregon Legislature mandated that all abused and neglected children in Oregon should have a CASA and two pilot programs were started. This mandate requires the CASA to investigate, advocate, facilitate and negotiate, and monitor.

Through volunteers, CASA of Polk County advocates for abused and neglected children who need safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers are a caring and consistent adult presence for abused and neglected children facing multiple challenges, a CASA volunteer may be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

CASA programs use effective evidence-based practices to help support these children. Independent studies have established that a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe and permanent home; more likely to be adopted; half as likely to re-enter foster care; and substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care than children without a CASA volunteer.

CASA is preparing for their 3rd Annual CASA of Polk County Golf Tournament “Fore” Kids. All proceeds for the event will go to the children that CASA works with. It will take place at Cross Creek Golf Course on Saturday, June 30th. Putting contests will start at 7 am, and tee time will kick off at 8 am. We hope that even if you don’t play you will come down to support the event, the players, and the kids.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Boneyard Tap Tasting on Thursday July 26th. Join them on the Pub side for their Tap Takeover featuring Boneyard Beer! They will have giveaways and prizes available. It will start at 6 pm until 8 pm

Washington St. Steakhouse will be celebrating their 19th anniversary in Dallas with a Summertime Luau! They will have Hawaiian food and drink specials all day long and don’t forget to come dressed in your Hawaiian garb. 6 am to 11 pm

Dean is back and with him he brings Trivia Night! Trivia Night will be every 1st and 3rd Sunday on the Pub side starting at 6:30 pm. Come down and test your knowledge!

 

Yolanda Zuger, Keller Williams

The Tour of Homes is still going on! Come see twenty-three beautiful homes from the region’s premier builders. Guidebooks will be available at all Tour homes and supporting sponsor locations. There is also a mobile app Parade Craze for iPhone or Android. It includes complete home information, as well as GPS turn-by-turn directions to Tour homes.

 

Dallas Vitality Association

Non-Profit Showcase takes over Tuesday on the Square. This event will showcase our Non-Profit groups in the community, and give an opportunity for the community to give back. Learn what charities operate in Dallas, what they do, and where you can direct those in need. Come learn what volunteer opportunities are available, and how you can help causes in our area. There will also be great food to purchase and bouncy houses for the kids! From 4 pm to 7 pm on July 10th.

 

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Beginners Class starting July 9th to August 15th. 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

 

City of Dallas

CGI is coming to Dallas next week to film our local area in a promotional video. They will be selling links to the video to business, and at no cost to nonprofits. This is a great promotional opportunity for our area!

Kurt Van Meter

“Straight up, I should be dead,” Kurt Van Meter once cheerfully told a reporter. At 1:30 pm Friday, November 21, 2009, then police officer Van Meter responded to a call from his sergeant saying that shots had been fired in downtown Hillsboro. When the high-speed car chase through the busiest stretch of Portland’s sprawling suburb ended, Van Meter stood only a few paces from the deranged gunman.

“He jumped out of the Honda with the silver .50 caliber Desert Eagle in one hand and a black .45 caliber Desert Eagle in the other,” Van Meter told a reporter from Police One shortly after the incident. Van Meter remembers the man leveling one of the pistols directly at him before two officers from neighboring Cornelius opened fire and killed the gunman.

Van Meter’s brush with death gave way to a moment of clarity in which he decided to pursue his life-long dream and follow in the footsteps of his country music hero, Garth Brooks.

Van Meter can remember the moment he knew he wanted to be a singer.

“My brother was giving me a ride to school – I think I was a freshman or sophomore – and he put in this CD and told me that I had to hear this song,” Van Meter said. “It was ‘Friends in Low Places’ by Garth Brooks. I was instantly hooked. I was like, I don’t know what this is, but whatever it is, I want to be a part of it.”

But life seemed to take him in every direction but the music. Van Meter played football and became a bull rider at Oregon State University before entering the police force. There, he would sing in the office – but his coworkers didn’t seem to share in the joy.

“My first gig was marine patrol and they give you a partner. He told me one day, ‘Kurt have I ever told you how much I love your singing?’ I said no and he goes, ‘then shut up.’” Van Meter figured maybe he wasn’t that good of a singer, after all. The first person who told him he had a good voice was an ex-girlfriend. But music seemed to be an out-of-reach dream.

The shooting changed all of that and about a year later Van Meter decided to chase his dream. He hoped on Youtube and started to learn how to play the guitar. He also began attending local jam sessions in Hillsboro. The next challenge was finding a way to get his music heard. Van Meter was put in contact with Scott Mahalick and told him, “If you believe in me, I can be the next Garth Brooks.” Van Meter had no songs, no band, and nothing to offer but his voice. Despite that, Garth Brooks and Scott attempted to contact Van Meter. A missed phone call that he still cringes about.

Van Meter’s career took off relatively quickly and he opened for country stars like Montgomery Gentry. In 2013, he committed to music full-time and played the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival in 2014, alongside artists Eric Church and Blake Shelton. When he started, Van Meter said his songs had a couple hundred streams and downloads per month. By 2015, those numbers were up to more than 100,000.

As Van Meter has seen his popularity rise, he’s quick to point to his bandmates as reasons for his success. “When you have a team as strong as this one, it’s in your best interest to get the hell out of the way,” he said. “My role is to not forget the lyrics and not suck.”

Van Meter hopes his kids and others can see his journey and decide to follow their passion and to not be afraid of failure. “Two things are important, one is don’t wait until you’re ready to do something. If you want to do it, just go for it. I didn’t know what I was doing. Sometimes, you just gotta go for it. The second thing is you’re never too old. I was 33 when I learned how to play the guitar.”

Van Meter will be performing tomorrow night at Sounds of Summer kicking off the summer series. Come join us, and enjoy good music, food, and drinks. Vendors will start serving at 6 pm and the fun will begin at 6:30 pm. His CDs will be on sale both at the info booth, as well as after the concert at the Chamber of Commerce.

“Kurt, you are obviously doing something right. Stay with what works.” – Garth Brooks