Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley strives to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. They strive to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity creates lasting, affordable home ownership by partnering with families who have demonstrated need for stable, affordable housing but do not qualify for a traditional mortgage. Each family contributes 500 hours of “sweat equity” (volunteer time) towards the completion of other people’s homes and their own. Habitat then sells the home to the family using a zero-interest loan.

By empowering volunteers and community organizations they make a tangible, lasting difference in our community. Many volunteers participate through Habitat for Humanity’s partnerships with faith communities, businesses and service clubs. The homes they build are tax-bearing properties. Habitat for Humanity homeowners, whose modest incomes previously left them vulnerable to frequent moves, have the opportunity to grow roots and focus on other areas of their lives such as education, professional development, and volunteerism.

Habitat for Humanity “puts faith into action” by working face-to-face in 100 countries around the world. In a world riddled with violence, Habitat for Humanity volunteers give their time and resources towards building homes and hope worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley tithes all undesignated funds to assist with international house-building.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley recently introduced the Ramos-Gasca family. Parents –Arturo and Sara, with daughters Brianna and Jessica. Arturo works for John Mills Concrete and has been employed with them for over a decade. Sara has recently recovered from a medical condition that was a major setback to the family. Despite all this, they continue to pay their bills and responsibly handle their finances. Habitat for Humanity was proud to partner with this family because they have regularly demonstrated amazing resilience and were ready to move into home ownership.

The family was paying $900 a month for inadequate and unsafe shelter. In this residence, one room had become completely uninhabitable due to severe mold issues. In the winter poor circuitry and poor insulation push utility bill into hundreds of dollars each month. With their new Habitat home, they have brand new five-star energy rated appliances that will result in affordable utility bills.

Please join them for a complimentary breakfast on October 2, 2018. The HopeBuilder Breakfast will be held at the Salem Convention Center and is a perfect opportunity to learn more about habitat for Humanity. This year’s theme is Home is the Key.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.

Good will was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. They system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “Not Charity, but a Chance” was born.

Dr. Helms’ vision set an early course for what today has become a $5.59 billion nonprofit organization. Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise… a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.”

Times have changed, but Helms’ vision remains constant: “We have courage and are unafraid. With the prayerful cooperation of millions of our bag contributors and of our workers, we will press on till the curse of poverty and exploitation is banished from mankind.”

Goodwill meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. In 2017, Goodwill helped more than 288,000 people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT, and health care, to name a few – and get the supporting services they needed to be successful – such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.

Goodwill Industries International is committed to inclusion and diversity and respecting the people we serve, our community members, and the people with whom we work. We believe in putting people first, providing a safe space for our employees and creating environments where people have the support they need to build their work skills and care for their families. We are proud that people from diverse backgrounds have come to Goodwill to build their skills and their career goals. We will continue this tradition of serving others and building communities that work.

Goodwill was ranked among the top five brands that inspired consumers the most with its mission in the Brand World Value Index for the past three years.

Goodwill Industries works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

First Federal Savings & Loan Association of McMinnville

When First Federal was founded nearly 100 years ago, they offered a new banking choice for Yamhill County residents. In the years since, they have grown in services and in number of branches, but their commitment to their customers and communities remains their primary focus.

First Federals mission is to provide superior banking products and services, to promote home ownership and business vitality in support of their communities. Yes, they’re here and they are staying!

First Federal pledges to help their customers identify and achieve their financial goals through exceptional service. At First Federal they strive to provide you with the best banking experience possible. They pledge to provide you with the highest level of service accuracy, respond quickly to your requests, listen to you and offer solutions, learn and use customers’ names, continually assess their performance, and always thank you for your business.

In July First Federal of McMinnville welcomed a new Board Member. Tonna Farrar, JD was selected to join the Board of Directors at First Federal. Farrar has more than two decades of legal experience, and practices in the areas of insurance bad faith, consumer litigation, equine law, disability insurance, transactional and corporate matters. For more than a decade, Farrar served as lead counsel in national banking and insurance class action litigation. She is licensed in four states and last fall opened an office in Newberg, to better serve local clients in her own community. She is the Managing Partner of TKF Law LLC in Oregon, representing business owners and individuals in the Valley. In order to serve her clients in other areas, she is also a Parner with Evangeline Fisher Grossman Law in California, and serves Of Counsel to Comitz | Beete PLLC in Arizona. She brings experience as both a banking litigation attorney and representative of local businesses. Please join us in welcoming her to First Federal.

First Federal awarded eight $1,500 scholarships to outstanding seniors in Yamhill County this year, and are pleased to recognize them for their academic achievements and involvement in their schools and communities.

A 100 years later, and First Federal is still committed to their communities. They continue to strive to serve their clients in the best ways that they can.

Dallas Glow Run

October 15th is Dallas’ 3rd Annual Glow Run!

This annual Glow Run has always been an event our community has enjoyed since day one. The first year the Glow Run was held, only 100 people were expected. Over 500 people joined in the festivities and each year they continue to grow. City of Dallas partners with national and local sponsors who want to reach hundreds of event participants and their families in an engaging and entertaining environment. With all the fun, it is no surprise that people continue to join in on the festivities year after year.

What is the Glow Run? The Glow Run is a Halloween themed glow in the dark 5k run or walk and the proceeds will go to Christmas Cheer. Dallas Christmas Cheer is a local non-profit program that provides food assistance to children and families in need over the holiday season. This is a great way to spread the holiday feeling to those in our community who are in need.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 14th at Dallas City Hall by 5:30 pm. You can also register on race day at the Academy Building between 6 pm and 7 pm. The cost to participate is $25 per a person. A team or family of four or more can expect a discount of $3 per a participants so gather everyone you know, however you must turn in forms together.

The 5k course will start and finish at the Academy Building in historic downtown Dallas, corner of Main St and Academy St. The course will consist of a mix of paved and trail surfaces through Dallas City Park. Runners will receive a head lamp, glow stick, and glow paint. The City Park will be decorated for the event by local community businesses, and will have a foam machine waiting at the finish line as no good race ends clean. Dress up and have fun. Costumes are encouraged!

If you have any questions, wish to sponsor, decorate, or participate you can click on the link below for more information. You can also reach Sheila Pierce at City Hall.

 

https://www.ci.dallas.or.us/838/Glow-Run

Chamber Luncheon: Dino Venti

Good, clean food is Venti Restaurants commitment to finding the best ingredients – locally and regionally sourced and raised with respect for the environment, animals and farmers – to serve to you. “Their community.” As a family-owned restaurant, they understand the importance of quality ingredients. For two decades they have striven to fill your plates with all-natural products.

The utilization of a farm-to-table concept with their produce allows Venti to offer products rich in nutrients and all the natural benefits of fresh products from hard working people here in our community. Their proteins are carefully selected with diligence and understanding of the necessity of freshness and cleanliness. The seafood found at Ventis is the highest of quality and all wild caught from the Pacific Northwest. They make an effort to accommodate dietary needs and the pursuit of healthy products by offering many gluten free friendly, vegetarian, and vegan options. They accomplish this by creating and producing many of their products with fresh ingredients in their facilities. This process allows them to eliminate chemicals, additives, preservatives, hormones, GMOs, MSG and potentially harmful products from our food.

Venti moved from their original location in the Reed Opera House in the summer of 2008. Their downtown Salem location is bigger and allows for a full kitchen and a full basement bar. They like to say they “crossed the road.”

While they serve lots of meatless and gluten free options, chicken teriyaki is the core of their offerings – the original rice bowl at the Reed Opera House was served with skewered chicken. By Dino Venit’s account, he has prepped 50 tons of chicken. In honor of the feat they redesigned their logo to pay homage to the chicken. The rooster logo is a nod to the animal loved for its power, boldness and beauty.

Venti’s strives to carry unique micro-brews and ciders. The local beer-drinking crowd is enthusiastic and often gets to help select the next keg. Venti’s opt for Oregon and North West brews but occasionally throw something different out there.

Dino Venti, owner of Venti Restaurants, will be speaking at this month’s Chamber Luncheon on September 17th. Don’t miss as he discusses the secret to his restaurants success in our local area. Chamber Luncheon is held at Dallas Retirement Village, and doors will open at 11:45 am. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday on the Square

Our next and last Tuesday on the Square is quickly approaching on September 18th. Dallas became a HEAL city of Oregon a few years ago and, with that in mind, it is the inspiration for our next Tuesday on the Square.

The HEAL Cities campaign is a partnership between the League of Oregon Cities and the Oregon Public Health Institute, made possible with generous support from Kaiser Permanente.

Oregonians want to eat better, move more, and feel energized to do the things that they love. However, in many cities, wholesome food and opportunities for regular physical activity are out of reach for most or all of those who live or work there.

The HEAL Cities Campaign is a resource to help civic leaders create healthy communities. They know what works: city policies that expand options for every person to be physically active and to have affordable and convenient access to wholesome foods, as well as policies that build a culture of wellness for municipal employees. With generous funding from Kaiser Permanente, the HEAL Cities Campaign intends to invite every city to take the next step towards health and livability. Through their funding Dallas was able to install our new Pickle ball Courts, with plans for further additions in the future.

The Campaign has three components. First, it educates about the impact our built environment and food environment have on our health, emphasizing the status quo presents serious health risk to children.

Second, the Campaign offers alternatives. Campaign staff have compiled a library of model policies and best practices in use by cities around the country to create more options for active living, healthy eating, and workplace wellness. This policy menu is updated on a regular bases to provide as many options as possible.

Third, because each city is unique, the Campaign provides free technical assistance to help each city identify, adopt and implement the policies that are right for its community. Drawing on the expertise of Campaign partners the Oregon Public Health Institutes and the League of Oregon Cities, the Campaign is well-prepared to help Dallas expand the healthy options we offer.

Join us on the square Tuesday, September 18th as the city features our local gyms, studios, and all things health. Dallas works hard to ensure that its citizens are aware of what healthy options are available to the community. There will be food, and bouncy houses for children to enjoy as you explore what “the healthiest downtown in America” can offer.

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.

Johnny Limbo & The Lugnuts

Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic oldies hits. The Lugnut’s fame has spread beyond the Pacific Northwest, dazzling audiences from Washington State to Washington D.C. Their performances have been enthusiastically received at corporate parties, civic celebrations, fairs, fund raisers, concert halls, conventions and televised events. From the beginning their goal was to have fun. This has not changed in 40 years and of course, as always, you are invited to join in the good times!

The long list of annual return engagements is a testament to the fact that Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts is “Can’t miss” entertainment and a hit with all ages; from kids to grandparents.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have shared the stage with many national acts including Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, the Righteous Brothers, the Mamas and the Papas, Three Dog Night, Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, Rick Nelson, The Ventures, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. They toured the Far East with stops in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. The Lugnut’s played for the Oakland A’s at the opening game and were invited by NIKE to perform for a special party during the closing of the Los Angeles Olympics. Each year the list continues to grow.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts emphasize showmanship, creating a never-ending energy on stage. The electricity generated by this sight and sound experience results in packed dance floors at every performance. Ask anyone who has experienced Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts and they will tell you… “Rock and Roll will never die, and the Lugnuts are the reason why!”

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts will be playing here in Dallas for our closing Sounds of Summer. Do not miss all the fun, food, and music. The band will be kicking off at 6:30pm on the Academy Lawn. This event is free to the public so bring your blanket and chairs. As always, we hope to see you there!

 

“Long live Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts!”                                           

“Nice night listening to Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts. They still pack in the listeners. Their music always has everyone tapping to the beat. 40 years and still going strong.”

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.