Wake Up Wednesday

For the last month now Dallas Chamber of Commerce has been participating in Wake Up Wednesday alongside your business neighbors. During this time we are able to connect with local business, share both struggles, and solutions, and grow as a community.

The Wake Up Wednesday today was hosted by Citizens Bank, and Jake shared with us what is new with Citizens Bank. Recently they celebrated their 60th anniversary of the first Citizens Bank opening in Corvallis. There was even a photo available for their grand opening! Jake discussed how Citizens Bank focuses on their customers and not with meeting a sales quota like bigger banks do. If they do not have the best option for you they will send you to someone who does. In this day and age, such banking transparency is appreciated!

West Valley Taphouse kicked off their Discover Dallas Wine Walkabout Series this last Sunday with over 50 participants. The goal is to partner with local business in order to drive tourism in the area. If you attended Sam would love to hear any feedback you might have. If you are interested in participating in the next Wine Walkabout on June 24th you can find out more information or purchase a ticket on their website discoverdallas.wine.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub is preparing for Fathers Day! For breakfast dad can look forward to big daddy chicken fried steak and eggs, porterhouse peppered pork chops and eggs, or slow smoked prime rib and eggs. If dad is a late riser then bring him in to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner of big daddy chick fried steak with mashed potatoes, porterhouse peppered pork chops with baked potato, or a slow smoked prime rib with baked potato.

Tuesday on the Square is getting ready to kick off on June 12th. The City of Dallas departments and community partners such as Pacific Power, West Valley Hospital, and many more will be on the courthouse lawn from 4 pm to 7 pm. They will be highlighting their services with plenty of fun for the whole family; good food, bouncy houses, and lots of giveaways.

MV Advancements is growing! While we love to see Dallas businesses grow it’s left them in a tight spot. They are in need of volunteers for two positions. They are looking for business that are in need of help to place their clients, as well as Assessment setters. If you would like to help with either of these positions please contact them for more information.

Last but certainly not least, Turf ground breaking. We pulled together as a community to make it happen and it all kicks off Monday at 4 pm. Ground breaking will take place at Ron August Field and everyone is invited!

If you would like to meet with your fellow business members, and hear firsthand what is going on in our community then contact the Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you there, and to our community growing!

Memorial Day

This Monday, May 30th, we observe Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first National Cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate all of the American military personnel who died in all wars.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated from; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo, which first celebrated Memorial Day on May 5th, was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. Since then many communities have followed in their example.

A Memorial Day tradition in Dallas, the Avenue of Flags ceremony will take place Monday at 11 am in Dallas Cemetery. In a joint effort of the Dallas American Legion Carl B. Fenton Post 20 and Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3203, the flag display around the cemetery will grow to more than 700 flags from the original 65 flags.

Raising the flag for the ceremony is Boy Scout Troop 288, and will include music from the Dallas High School choir and band as well as guest speaker Marie McCandless. Mayor Brian Dalton will provide the welcome for the hour-long presentation. We hope that we all take a time on Monday to remember those that have paid the ultimate price to protect this country, its citizens, and their rights.

CASA of Polk County

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 June 30th. We hope that even if you don’t play you will come down to support the event, the players, and the kids.

Dallas Library Book Sale

Dallas Public Library is hosting a Friends of the Dallas Public Library Book Sale this weekend at the Dallas Civic Center! The event will be held Friday, April 13th from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 14th from 10am to 3pm. The last hour on Saturday will be a Bag Sale. All hardcovers will be one dollar, and paperbacks only fifty cents. This is a great opportunity to both expand your home library and support our local library.

If you are a bookworm like myself you can’t wait to jump at the chance. But the local Dallas Library does more than just lend books to the public, or throw book sales. The Dallas Public Library strives to ensure that there are programs available for everyone.

Children of all ages can enjoy their Summer Reading Program. Tuesdays and Thursday morning they hold Story Time for your little ones that include finger-plays, songs, and even simple crafts to engage them in learning. Let us not forget about Lego Building also on Thursdays in the afternoon.

If you are struggling with a research project, book report, or simply just want to expand on your current knowledge the library offers resources to you as well. Their homework and career center makes equipment and resources available to all who need it. Or maybe you want some fun to but are on a budget. The Dallas Public Library provides Cultural Go Passes to a household which can provide up to free admission to a destination. These destinations include; Evergreen Aviation Museum, Gilbert’s House, and many other fun educational locations for the family to visit.

In this day and age where so many of our public libraries are closing due to lack of funding and support this book sale offers a unique opportunity. We hope you take advantage of the time not only to thank those who work so hard to engage our children in learning and providing resources to the public but also find out what other unique opportunities are available to you.

Polk County Fairgrounds

This week we are excited to spotlight a family fun event at the Polk County Fairgrounds starting today! The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers State Convention is here to entertain and educate the whole family! This event starts today, April 4th, and lasts until April 7th for a four-day event!

The Oldtime Fiddlers’ Associate in a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continuation and promotion of old-time music. The Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers’ Association is over fifty years old and has musical roots from many places; including the Appalachia Mountains, Louisiana bayous, Minnesota, even as far as Scotland, Ireland, and England. Each April the Oldtime Fiddlers’ Association holds a convention at Polk County Fairgrounds to share their love and knowledge of music with the public.

Founded in 1913 Polk County Fairgrounds has been dedicated to the idea of providing the general public and community with the space, buildings, and equipment needed to engage in events for over a century. The Polk County Fairgrounds hosts events year-round designed to promote fun, learning and social activity for everyone- especially where children can benefit. The Polk County Fairgrounds have not limited themselves to just events either. They provide space for multiple group meetings; from dog training to CourtCare and Workshops. Year after year the hard workers at the Polk County Fairgrounds work to improve their events and facilities, all while delivering a great time to our families in the community.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to support our local fairgrounds and learn about Oregon music, and bring the whole family!