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.

Wake Up Wednesday News: Part 1

Karma Coffee Bakery

Karma Coffee Bakery announced that renovations should be completed soon, with the goal to open October 1st! This mother-daughter team are opening a coffee shop and bakery with the goal of inspiring kindness in our community and serving the tastiest treats around. We look forward to welcoming Karma Coffee Bakery to the Dallas community, not to mention their tasty treats.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub has a new kitchen with a salamander! They look forward to now being able to add seafood and pastas to their menu. Keep any eye on their daily specials to see what new delicious dishes they come out with.

Vagabond Brewin will be taking over the taps on September 20th. This is in conjecture with “Fresh Hop Fest” that Dallas will be holding during Tap into Polk County. Come down and enjoy good company along with their signature beers.

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Another Beginner Class will be kicking off this fall. 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. If you are interested in joining please fill out a simple survey on www.harvestcrossfit.com.

CASA

CASA has another big event coming our way, Casino Night: CASA Blanca. Come enjoy a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and gaming in support of Polk County’s Children. Team Casino will be running the tables with catering by Wild Pear. CASAs guest speaker is Marilyn Jones director of the State of Oregon Child Welfare Programs. This is an excellent chance for a fun date night with the money going to a terrific cause.

Family Building Blocks

Join Family Building Blocks on September 19th for their first Polk County Luncheon in Dallas! Bring your friends to enjoy a free lunch and learn more about opportunities available to families in Polk County and how you can help. To learn more, become a table captain, or sponsor the event, contact Julie Hilty.

Eat an Extra Dessert Day

September 4th is Eat an Extra Dessert Day, a day that encourages people to treat their sweet tooth with a second helping of dessert. It is unclear who created this awesome but unofficial holiday, but we think that whoever it was, deserves a big slice of cake.

An extra dessert should be eaten sometime during the course of this day. Desserts are usually a sweet course served after the end of a meal. While in the past typically this meal took place at the end of the day, in modern time’s desserts can accompany a mid-day meal as well. Desserts are also known as sweets in many part of the world.

The word “dessert” is derived from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. Fruits and honey were probably the first sweeteners used in food, and the dawn of desserts was bolstered by the expansion of the use of sugar. Sugar was in use in India before 500 BCE, and through trade it arrived in places such as Macedonia and China over the next thousand years or so. It wasn’t until at least the 12th century that it arrived in Europe. During the Industrial Revolution desserts began being mass produced, and they were able to be processed and preserved in new ways, which increased their popularity.

Indulge yourself in a little extra dessert on this day, and inform everyone you know about this happy holiday. We are convinced that it will soon become everyone’s favorite made-up holiday. Try a dessert popular in another country, or plan a trip to one of the best dessert spots in the United States. Make your own desserts, and then share them with friends, family, and co-workers. But don’t get carried away, as to be true to the holiday, you should really only eat one extra dessert.

As with anything in life, we would recommend balance. Tomorrow balance the extra dessert with a little extra exercise. We have wonderful gyms, and activities to try here in Dallas. Try something new! Stop in a Harvest CrossFit to learn about their brand of exercise, go to a yoga class at Chateau Bianca. If classroom style is not to your liking then try one of the three gyms conveniently located downtown.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it to? Not us.

 

First Community Credit Union

First Community Credit Union has been serving Oregonians since 1957, and with more than $1 billion in assets and 76,000 members, today they are among the strongest credit unions in the nation. As a federally insured, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution, they are dedicated to helping their members and their communities prosper through solutions that result in financial success, as well as personalized service that focuses on transparency, simplicity, and trust. They offer all the benefits of a big financial institution, but with personalized, cost-saving services that are in your best interest. Nearly anyone can join! With minimal membership eligibility requirements, it’s easier than ever to discover the benefits of banking with First Community.

First Community’s mission statement, “We build lasting partnerships through personalized financial solutions”, is a clear and succinct portrayal of their fundamental purpose. It defines what they do and how they will achieve their vision, as a financial partner of choice in their communities, while adhering to their core values. Its execution, as seen in their financial results has brought them measurable success. Their core values are: honesty, integrity and trust, member financial success and satisfaction, community leadership and education, and employee fulfillment.

At the heart of the credit union difference is their board of directors. Unlike banks, credit unions are governed by people just like you, who work everyday jobs and value the livelihood of their communities. What makes them special is their commitment to improving the financial wellness of others. The Board of Directors is elected by a vote of the membership and responsible to represent and protect the interest of the members. Collectively the Board of Directors sets the vision and governs the credit union’s overall activity.

At First Community Credit Union, their name stands for everything they believe in. It is their priority to support the livelihood of organizations in the communities they serve and are committed to helping make them a better place to live. Since 1957, First Community has had a long-standing commitment of community support. This support has been granted multiple ways through financial contributions, volunteerism and community partnerships, just to name a few.

“Community-First” is reflective throughout the credit union as their employees generously give their time talents, and financial support to numerous non-profit agencies and community projects annually.

First American Title

First American Title Insurance appreciates the opportunity to offer you their menu of products and services. Their staff awaits your requests and inquiries. First American Title is focused on you, their customer. They study what their customers need, and create the solutions to meet them.

Since their formation in 1889, they have been dedicated to maintain the integrity of land records and delivering the information, products and services needed with a level of service that is unparalleled in the industry. The name First American Title has come to represent the best in the business. You deserve the best.

As an industry leader, it is the philosophy of First American Title to provide customers the respect they deserve and the innovative products and services they need. First American Title adheres to the highest standards of financial stability and professional responsibility.

How does a one-county abstract company evolve into a global provider of title insurance and settlement services? It consistently provides customers with the most accurate information, developed with insight and delivered with integrity. For more than a century, First American Title has focused on serving its customers with the most efficient, personalized services and products.

In addition to a comprehensive presence across the United States, First American has pioneered operations in nearly 70 countries. In 1988, First American approached Canadian officials with a request to open title insurance offices in Canada. Since that time, the company has revolutionized the way title insurance is used and viewed by Canadian consumers and lenders. With the success of its endeavors in Canada, First American used a similar business model to develop international operations around the world. First American was the first title insurance provider in Mexico, Korea, and Hong Kong, and has the leading market share in Australia and England.

Today, First American continues to explore new international opportunities, as well as work with government officials and community leaders in developing nations to help these leaders create legislation that protects landowner rights and secures a stronger local economy.

This proactive approach to service goes beyond just being a vendor, who offers products. First American understands that the only way to bring out the greatest value of the company’s products, and the customer’s business, is to partner with the customer. In response to working alongside its customers, listening to their needs and anticipating what products and services will be a good fit, First American is able to introduce solutions that will meet its customers’ current and future needs.

Come in today, and let First American Title Insurance take care of your title needs.

Chemeketa SBM Announcement

Are you working long and hard on your business, but feel like you are not getting to everything that’s important? Let the Small Business Management (SBM) team provide additional resources and the support of one-on-one coaching to tackle the things that get in your way. Apply to join SBM where established business owners experience increased efficiency, profitability and support through monthly one-on-one business coaching to meet your individual needs. Discover how to start working on your business-not just in it-through interactive classroom learning sessions. Learn by exchanging ideas with other successful business owners and expert presenters.

The SBM program helps established small businesses find the balance you crave between life and work. It helps you rediscover enthusiasm for your work that you felt when you first started your business.

They don’t talk at you. They don’t tell you what to do. They are here to work beside you and treat you as the expert on your business. They want you to feel empowered to stretch and grow. The SBM program is a safe environment to try new things and share your successes and challenges with other experienced business owners.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program is for established business owners like you who want to run a stronger and more profitable business, and be surrounded by other like-minded business owners. Combining classroom learning with one-on-one coaching, this program is an outstanding way to help you achieve your business dreams.

In fact, businesses in this year’s SBM programs increased sales by nearly $8 million in 2017 to 2018 and created 98 jobs!

You can find more details about the program on their website and see testimonials from other business owners and see specifically how they have help others with their businesses.

If interested, your next step is to complete the application on the website sbm.chemeketa.edu or call to chat with them over the next couple of weeks if you have questions whether this program is a good fit for you.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program kicks off mid-September. At this moment, they have a limited number of open spots for the 2018-2019 program year.

Faith Christian School

Faith Christian School is a ministry of Faith Evangelical Free Church. They have been serving the families of Dallas and the surrounding area for over 30 years! Their teachers and staff members love the Lord and are excited to share their faith with the students. God is the center of all they do.

Students, families, and staff all comment on the special “feeling” of the school. People have often said this is a Christian school like no other. They strive to ensure that everyone feels like family. Former students who are in college often come back and volunteer their time teaching drama, music, art, band, etc. because they love the school so much. They come back to visit often and stay very connected to their teachers. Graduates who have grown and married are now starting to send their own children to school here.

Their curriculum is high level and Christ centered. Their SAT test scores are often extremely high. They expect a lot from our students and they challenge them to do their best at all times. But they are also able to offer help to the child who struggles academically because of the small class sizes.

Character development is very important to them and every year the students are encouraged to be people of integrity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, generosity, etc. Mission’s Week is a favorite activity of the school. They encourage the students to listen for God’s call in their lives. Many students have gone on to do short term missions’ trips and some are serving full time in the mission field.

All students starting in first grade learn computer skills. They begin with keyboarding skills and move on to type all their writers’ workshop papers by fifth grade. They offer preschool through eighth grade. Their teachers are highly qualified and certified through the state of Oregon. They have an excellent teacher to student ratio. They are especially proud of their Junior High worship band. They also offer Chapel, PE, Library, and Computer every week.

These qualities and more make Faith Christian School a great choice. Come and take a look for yourself and see just how wonderful Faith Christian School really is!

Promote Your Business!

The Annual Dallas Summerfest Parade is hosted by the Dallas Area Visitors Center and kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, July 28th during Dallas Summerfest. You never know what kind of fun and flashy parade floats that our city will come up with, especially with this year’s theme being Black and Orange: Hometown Pride! Come out and celebrate our amazing community with us!

We are also selling Dallas Summerfest Hometown Pride commemorative pennants for a limited time only! Just $5. We will be selling these pennants Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, as well as our office. Our goal is to sell out and have parade attendees waiving them as the parade participants go by, plus it’s a cool keepsake for years to come.

If you are local business looking to promote yourself the Dallas Summerfest Parade is an amazing opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for the parade and would love to see your company involved. It’s a great day of sun and fun, all while getting your name out into the community. We have applications available online at exploredallasoregon.org, in our office, or available at the information booth during Bounty Market.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Johan Vineyard

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.

 

Pacific Power

Pacific Power presented a check today to the City of Dallas, Mayor Dalton, and the Booster Club. This check will go to the new Turf at Dallas High School that we have all worked so hard as a community to make possible. During the ground breaking of the turn it was announced that for the first time ever the project was completely funded before it began. According to the construction workers this is something that had never been seen before. Why to go Dallas, and thank you Pacific Power for helping to make the new turf possible!

The Solar Power Grants deadline is August 16th, 2018. This is a grant that Pacific Power funds dedicated to promoting the switch to solar power. The funds are available to any service or community building. If awarded the grant Pacific Power will pay a portion or up to the total that it would cost to install solar panels and make the switch. This is a great opportunity if you have been wanting to convert to solar power, but have not had the funding. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

CASA

CASAs Golf Tournament “Fore” The Kids was a great success! They report that they filled almost all of their team slots, and thanks to the generosity of the community had terrific prizes awaiting the participants. Prizes that included a movie night for the family, day at Enchanted Forest, or a romantic night out for two. CASA is now preparing for their second largest event of the year, themed CASA Blanca – Casino Night out! CASA Blanca will be held October 20th, with more details to come. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering then please reach out to CASA to see how you can help.

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”