Trick N’ Treat Celebration

This Wednesday, October 31st, Dallas Area Visitors Center partners with Morrison Campus students to throw our annual Trick N’ Treat!

Trick N’ Treat local businesses in one spot! And this year we will have carnival games for kiddos to play too!

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is pleased to host this safe and weather proof event at the Morrison Campus on Main Street. The free Trick N’ Treat happens from 3 pm to 6 pm for children ages zero to twelve years old.

We average over six hundred and fifty people participating with twenty plus businesses on display, giving out goodies to kids and their parents. This year the students are working on games to play, a haunted house and a photo area to capture your kiddo in their costume. The costume contest happens every half an hour, starting at 3:30 pm with the last contest at 6 pm. Exciting prizes for all of our ghouls, goblins and witches to win!

To meet all of our treat needs we are holding our first annual Chocolate for Charity Contest! The contest runs from 8 am Wednesday, October 17th to 8 am on Wednesday, October 31st. For every two bags of candy donated to the Trick N’ Treat Celebration you will receive one entry into the drawing. You may enter as many times as you would like. You must write your name and contact information on the entry form. October 31st a student from Morrison Campus will draw a winning entry form. Winner will be called or emailed notifying them of their winnings.

Prizes includes a standard oil change from Mid Valley Ford, your business and logo (if applicable) highlighted on the Chamber and the Visitors Center social media and the Trick N’ Treat webpage. You can bring your candy donations to any chamber event, or stop by the Chamber office at 168 SW Court St.

We are so grateful to everyone at Morrison Alternative Campus for allowing us to host our annual Trick N’ Treat event. The students start their work in September learning about the various aspects of event planning. They are taking that information and implementing it over the course of the next month. The students are learning everything from logistics planning, marketing, PR, and budgeting to secure sponsors, getting donations and working with community. Mid October the students work hard to transform their school into a safe, weather resistant and fun place for parents to bring their kiddos on Halloween.

If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in our Trick N’ Treat Celebration as a vendor please contact us using the link below.

We hope to see you there!

 

https://www.exploredallasoregon.org/halloween.html

Polk County Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Wheeler recently has announced her retirement from the Polk County Board. Commissioner Wheeler became Polk County’s first woman Commissioner when she was appointed to the Polk County Board of Commissioners in April 2011. She became Polk County’s first elected woman Commissioner on November 6th, 2012. She takes particular interest in law enforcement and is the designated liaison for Emergency Management, Public Works and for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

In 1991, Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from Western Oregon State College with a bachelor’s degree in the sciences with a focus in criminal justice. She served as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners for 13 years and worked as a legal secretary for the Polk County District Attorney for three years prior to that.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys agate finding, kayaking, whale watching, camping with her family, and she is an avid reader. She and her husband, Tim, live in Independence and have 5 children and 13 grandchildren.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners will be accepting applications for Commissioner Position 1 from October 8th, 2018 through November 2nd, 2018 at 5 pm. November 2nd, 2018 will be considered the first look date for the application process.

The person chosen to fill this position will serve the remainder of the term vacated by the retirement of Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler beginning January of 2019 through the end of the calendar year of 2020, they must be elected by the citizens of Polk County during the election cycle in 2020.

Anyone interested in applying to the Board of Commissioner Position 1 must submit a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Commissioners’ office located in the Polk County Courthouse at 850 Main St., Dallas OR 97338. All letters of interest need to include the following: why the candidate is applying to be on the Board of Commissioners; why the candidate would be a good choice to be appointed to the Board of Commissioners; and if the candidate intends to run for election in 2020 should they be appointed to the open position.

Commissioner Mike Ainsworth and Commissioner Craig Pope will individually review letters of interest and resumes. Please direct any inquiries to either or both Commissioners. Any candidate chosen for an interview will appear before the Board of Commissioners during a public meeting for their scheduled interview.

Any applicant must meet requirements to fill the position under ORS 204.016(1), which requires a Commissioner to be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age, and a resident of Polk County for at least one year preceding the next election. All applicants will also be required to submit to a criminal history check.

 

https://www.co.polk.or.us/

Dallas Public Library

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, October 19th from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturday, October 20th 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 book worm 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 programs are available to you.

Friends of Dallas Public Library are looking for volunteers to help grow the love of reading in our community. If you would be interested in what hours are available please contact the Dallas Public Library.

 

http://www.ci.dallas.or.us/102/Library

Wake Up Wednesday News

AdvoCare

Lisa Preston will be holding a Nutrition Class on November 6th, at 6 pm. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to best balance your diet for you.

http://www.YouBeGreater.com

 

West Valley Taphouse

Don’t miss their Halloween party next Saturday, October 27th! Kids costume contest will take place at around 7 pm, and adults at 9 pm. Don’t miss this great opportunity to join in some community fun!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

CASA

Casino Night is this Saturday, October 20th! Great date night with no kids, food catered by Wild Pear, and wonderful raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to benefit kids in Polk County. Tickets are on sale for $45 on CASA website.

https://www.casaofpolk.com/2018-casino-night

 

Chamber of Commerce

Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit tickets are now available! On November 6th, we will gather at Dallas Retirement Village to grow as business and community leaders. We invite all leaders and their teams from the Mid-Willamette Valley to come learn how to implement proven methods for growing as a community of understanding. We will lean about having an outward mindset by an organization that has a proven method to change lives and transform organizations. In the afternoon session, we’ll hear from a procurement specialist who will share secrets to obtaining contracts to increase your business revenue.

https://dallasoregon.org/leadership-summit/

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley strives to make an impact in our community. Recently they donated money to every class room in Dallas to make sure teachers had the funds they need to teach our children. Now United Way is holding a pajama drive for Dallas foster children. New pajamas are needed for children of all ages, but teens in particular. You can drop off your donations at the Chamber office.

https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/

 

Visitors Center

Dallas Area Visitors Center is working close with the students at the Morrison Campus to plan this year’s Trick N Treat, providing weekly “Event Planning” classes. The students are learning everything from logistics planning, marketing, PR, and budgeting to securing sponsors, getting donations and working with the community. The students are actively looking for donations of bags of candy and small prizes to hand out to the little ghouls and goblins! We are expecting 500 kiddo’s dressed up and ready to Trick N’ Treat!  Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber Office or at the Morrison Campus!

https://www.exploredallasoregon.org/halloween.html

1st Annual Chocolate for Charity Contest! Benefitting the 2018 Trick N’ Treat Celebrations!

  • The contest runs from 8:00 am on Wednesday October 17th to 8:00 am on Wednesday October 31st.
  • For every two (2) bags of candy donated to the Trick N’ Treat Celebration, you will receive on (1) entry into the drawing. You may enter as many times as you’d like. Example: 10 bags of candy donated = 5 entries into the drawing.
  • You must write your name and contact information on the entry form.
  • October 31st, 2018 at 8 am a student from the Morrison Campus will draw a winning entry form.
  • Winner will be called or emailed notifying them of their winnings.

Prize includes a standard oil change from Mid Valley Ford, your business and logo (if applicable) highlighted on the Chamber and the Visitors Center social media and the Trick N’ Treat webpage.

You can bring your candy donations to any chamber event, including Wake Up Wednesday! You can also stop by the Chamber office. Entry forms will be given at the time of donation.

Special Thanks to Mid Valley Ford!

https://www.exploredallasoregon.org/halloween.html

Old Mill Feed & Garden

Old Mill Feed and Garden history dates back to 1996 when they opened Independence Feed in Independence, Oregon. In 2000, Independence Feed moved to The Feed Store on Washington Street here in Dallas. Then, in 2007, they purchased the tired old Co-Op building on Main Street, administered a little CPR, followed with some love and care, and opened as Old Mill Feed and Garden. The name reflects where they are and what they do.

Since the beginning, they have loved what they do and hope it shows.

They keep things simple at Old Mill Feed and Garden. They like to help their neighbors take care of a few things they love; their pets, their animals, their yards. Ol Mill also likes to do things the easy way. That means feeding high-value foods that enhance our animals’ health without a bunch of nonsense. It means taking care of our yards in a way that keeps them looking good without breaking our backs or harming the environment. Funny, but when we let nature do its work instead of constantly trying to outsmart it, life gets easier. Perhaps there’s a bigger lesson in there.

Com by the store so that they can discuss your feed, pet, or garden concerns. If you don’t have time to stop by then browse their website for advice and opinions about raising livestock, caring for pets, or turning your yard into your favorite place to be.

On November 17th, at 10 Old Mill Feed and Garden will be holding Pet photos with Santa. This is everyone’s favorite fundraiser and starts at 10 am until 2 pm. Help them raise money for small, local animal-related charities that don’t have the exposure to raise the funds they need. Bring your socialized pet, owners must be on a lead, for a photo session with the man himself, Santa. A minimum $6 donation is requested, and you will get a “Christmas Card” quality digital image ready for printing in return. Don’t forget to join them for their Holiday Pet Fair all day, as well. Everyone one of their cat and dog foods will be on sale, one day only, during this event. Vendors and giveaways will be available all day. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

 

http://www.oldmillfeed.com/

National Dictionary Day

National Dictionary Day is observed annually on October 16th.

Celebrate by learning a little bit of dictionary history and about Noah Webster.

In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English or Anglo-Saxon, German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit. Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France, at the University of Cambridge. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before.

As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex so in his dictionary he introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “wagon” and printing “center” instead of “centre”. Webster also added American words such as “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in a published dictionary before. He believed The United States “should be as independent in literature as she is in politics.” Some of his changes didn’t catch on, however. Dropping the silent “e” at the end of some words like the word imagine.

Webster took a more phonetic approach to the development of his dictionary. Interestingly, the word didn’t appear when Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy. However, of the 70,000 entries the word phonic is one. The dictionary sold 2,500 copies. In 1840, the second edition was published in two volumes. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is available online. By entering the modern-day spelling, the website will produce Webster’s 1828 version.

Celebrate National Dictionary Day by leaning a new word or two! It would be fun to play a dictionary based game like Balderdash. Use #NationalDictionaryDay to post on social media.

National Dictionary Day was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills while increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary.

AdvoCare – Lisa Preston

When AdvoCare came into their lives, Jeff Preston had been struggling with energy problems for 20 plus years, and Lisa had been struggling with weight problems for just as long. Jeff had been tested for everything out there and their doctor could not figure out why he was not staying awake, and his medication was no longer working. They had given up hope that things would ever change. Lisa started going to a gym, working out 4 to 5 times a week, and eating as healthy as she could with no change. This was a huge disappointment to her and her personal trainer.

In her frustration, Lisa vented about her and Jeffs situation to a friend. She told Lisa that AdvoCare had products for helping her get great weight loss results and for Jeff’s energy crisis. They were over the top excited!

Lisa and Jeff got on AdvoCare products and their lives have been forever changed. Jeff no longer falls asleep under the car when changing the oil, or has to pull off to the side of the road while driving home in order to nap. Lisa so far has lost 25 pounds with 5 inches off of her waist and hips; going from a size 18 down to a size 12. When they discovered that AdvoCare had great supplements for workout routine Jeff lost 3 inches off of his waist, with a muscle gain of 8 pounds. His bench press has increased 20 pounds in just a short amount of time. All of these products are used by numerous professional athletes because they are so safe and effective.

It is now Jeff and Lisa Prestons passion to help others to not settle for less. There is something out there that can truly help and AdvoCare has it. They are so thankful for the amount of research and quality of ingredients that they have put into the products. Both Jeff and Lisa are eager for the opportunity to help others. They would love to help you change your life for good!

Lisa is getting ready to hold her next Bye-Bye Belly Challenge. This program is designed to help you with making healthy food options, and a safe training program with a coach to help you reach your fitness goals. Bye-bye Belly can help you with healthy eating, exercise, reduce stress, sleep, and choosing the right supplements.

If you are interested in learning more about AdvoCare or Bye-Bye Belly reach out to Lisa. She would love to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

“Sunday was day 28. I lost 9 lbs and 9.25 inches. Since I started AdvoCare in July I have lost 26.2 pounds!”

“29 days later, just from Bye-Bye Belly, lost: 13 lbs, and 7 inches. From the beginning of AdvoCare a total of 33 lbs. How great is that? I am going to continue with the Bye-Bye Belly, I want to see more results. Thank you AdvocCare family for all your support!”

 

https://YouBeGreater.com

Dallas Christmas Cheer

Dallas Christmas Cheer has been around for 50 years and is a grass-roots program that was started by local community members. Members who wanted to make sure children and families in need would not go hungry over the holidays. Joining in the efforts made all those many year ago was Dallas Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteers who set about fixing toys and gathering up items for meals. By working together they were able to serve about 50 local families in need.

It was then that Curt Lamb took over the reins. Curt continued to manage the program for over 40 years and in 2000 handed Christmas Cheer over to his son, Warren, and family. Warren Lamb, and Sue Lamb with Scott and Eric strive to continue the legacy of their father and grandfather who loved our community, and to honor his memory.

From these roots Christmas Cheer continues to grow and is a well-known, well-respected local non-profit 501c3 organization that helps families who have fallen on hard times. Christmas Cheer has a Board of Directors and committee members who work hard to keep this program running smoothly.

Directors are responsible for organizing and conducting food drives, fund-raising, outreach, oversight of senior gifts, coordinating book drives with schools. Board Directors manage the application process, attend meetings, as well as contact and secure sponsors for projects. Every December 24th volunteers are coordinated for delivering the packages during the Christmas Cheer pack-out event.

Thanks to Dallas residents generosity Christmas Cheer reaches over 300 local families, approximately 1000 individuals each year. This includes 500 children, and 100 senior citizens. These families live in the greater Dallas area and receive a food box that has enough food for the holiday meal and beyond. The box also includes books and, if donated, toys for the children, or gifts for senior citizens.

The program has evolved over the years but their goal remains the same: to serve those in need within the greater Dallas area.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating this holiday season you can contact Christmas Cheer by following the link below.

 

https://www.dallascc.org/contact-us/

Isabel Sanchez – The Churro Loco Lady

The Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their monthly Chamber Luncheon. We are excited to have Isabel Sanchez to speak to our business community. Sanchez will be able to offer her perspective as a business owner making the journey from idea, to success. Why should you listen to what she has to say? Just listen to her story, and the success that has come from it.

A vacation that turned out to be more work than play sparked a crazy idea for Isabel Sanchez and her husband, Daniel Huerta, that led to Portland’s red-hot truck, Churros Locos

During a trip along the Oregon coast, Sanchez and her husband met a gelato business owner who was lamenting about the lack of smell exuding from his shop to attract customers. In a flash, inspiration struck.

“My husband and I automatically thought of our childhood memories and our favorite dessert: churros,” Sanchez recalled, realizing that the powerful and nostalgic aroma of churros from her past could prove to be a bountiful business venture.

Both Sanchez and Huerta had full-time regular jobs, but the allure of the churro was something they knew they wanted to capitalize on. Instead of venturing out to open a traditional, brick-and-mortar churro shop, their wheel turned to a different track.

“We needed something that would provide flexibility, as well as minimal risk and investment at the beginning,” she said, highlighting the reasons why a food truck made the most sense for their churro business.

“We started small, slow, sweet and steady,” she said, noting that customers, friends and family slowly but surely began finding out and spreading the word about Churros Loco through social media, and their following and catering requests took off from there.

And while a food truck can provide some uniquely tricky obstacles like mechanical issues, especially for the dainty vintage truck that carts around Churros Locos, it’s been anything but a bumpy ride since Sanchez hit the road in 2013.

Should mechanical malfunctions arise, Sanchez breathes a sigh of relief that her husband is quite the handyman, lest Portlanders be deprived of their churros for too long.

The churro sundae in particular, a combination of piping-hot churros and cold ice cream, is what the people go truly loco for. Fans of the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams have been indulging in these sundaes the most, as Churros Locos’ prime spot is the Providence Park Max Station just outside their playing field.

“Looking at the demographics, we knew there was a market and demand for a familiar and cultural dessert in Portland. Our hope is to develop a strong demand [for churros] across generations.”

Ask Sanchez her favorite part of owning a food truck, and her answer is deliciously simple: getting to share the churro love.

“We love how a delicious dessert can reach so many and help everyone come together in various scenarios: weddings, birthday parties, and street fairs.”

That churro love has spread, too. Churros Locos was selected to participate at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore, bringing their churros to an international audience of hungry foodies. But Sanchez isn’t letting this honor make her forget about Portland.

“Locally, we want to continue sharing our churros with Portlanders via our Churro Mobile, and eventually open a permanent location.”

Come hear Sanchez share her advice and wisdom to our local business community during the Chamber Luncheon. Chamber Luncheon will be held at Dallas Retirement Village on October 15th.

Mad Hatter Day

October 6 is a day set aside each year to bring out your silly side while celebrating National Mad Hatter Day. The day was chosen due to the label tucked in The Mad Hatter’s hat band that read “In this style 10/6”.

The fictional character, The Hatter or The Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is typically acting silly, and that is how the creators of this day decided on their theme of silliness for National Mad Hatter Day. Sir John Tenniel illustrated The Mad Hatter and all of Lewis Carroll’s colorful characters beginning in 1864. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865.

In 1986 some computer-folk in Boulder, CO celebrated a general day of silliness, inspired by the drawings don by Sir Tenniel. It was announced that year on computer networks, becoming more popular as people realized its value – some people did less damage by celebrating silliness than if they had done their jobs.

In 1988 it was first recognized as an official holiday and received its first national press coverage.

“Mad as a hatter” is a colloquial phrase used in conversation to refer to a crazy person. In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus, the phrase became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane.

Taking our inspiration from The Mad Hatter, or any of Carroll’s characters for that matter, we may pursue laughable, absurd or even confusing adventures on National Mad Hatter Day. Break out from the usual routine. Ask ridiculous riddles much like The Hatter’s own, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Play croquet with plastic pink flamingos or wear a funny hat to work. Throw a tea party, just don’t forget to, “change places!”

Did you know Lewis Carroll, a pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodson once answered The Hatter’s riddle? In the 1896 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Carroll wrote as part of his preface, “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!”