Gingerbread House Day

Gingerbread houses are a favorite holiday pastime with families, be it with parents, grandparents, or even both! But these delicious, decorative bread houses have always been a staple of the holiday season for as long as people can remember. Where did they come from? Who came up with the idea? To answer those questions, we must follow the ghost of holiday’s past into the history of Gingerbread House Day!

Food Historians, yes there is such a thing, ratify that ginger has been seasoning foodstuffs and drinks since antiquity. It is believed gingerbread was fist baked in Europe at the end of the 11th century when returning crusaders brought back the custom of spicy bread from the Middle East. Ginger was not only tasty; it had properties that helped preserve the bread. According to a French legend, gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992 A.D. by the Armenian monk and later saint, Gregory of Nicopolis, or Gregory Makar. Ginger bread figurines date back to the 15th century and baking human-shaped biscuits was practiced in the 16th century.

The gingerbread bakers were gathered into professional baker guilds. In many European countries, gingerbread bakers were a distinct component of the bakers’ guild. Gingerbread baking developed into an acknowledged profession. In the 17th century, only professional gingerbread bakers were permitted to bake gingerbread except at Christmas and Easter. In Europe, gingerbreads shaped like hearts, stars, soldiers, trumpets, swords, pistols and animals were sold in special shops and seasonal markets.

The tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in German in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. In modern times the tradition has continued in certain places in Europe. In Germany, the Christmas markets still sell decorated gingerbread before Christmas.

To celebrate Gingerbread House Day, take the family out for a shopping trip and pick up the supplies necessary to make a gingerbread house. Then let the younger members of the family pick out the decorations that they want to add to the gingerbread house. Finally, pick out the decorations that you want and add them to the house.

Village Missions

In 1912, an evangelist named Walter Duff moved his family from Ireland to the United States. As a young man, Walter Duff Jr. Joined in his father’s evangelism efforts and went on to pastor his own large church. However, through the prompting of both his father and his sister, Helen Duff Baugh (founder of Stonecroft Ministries), Walter Duff Jr. committed to spend the rest of his life recruiting and sending out of missionaries to country churches without leadership.

On September 9, 1948, Village Missions was born, a ministry dedicated to sending out missionaries to rural communities across North America with the gospel or Christ. Rev. Walter Duff Sr. challenged his son to “send out 100 missionary pastors to rural North America.” Rev. Duff Jr. directed the sending out of over 600 missionaries during his lifetime. Since 1948, Village Missions has served a variety of rural and urban communities across the United States and Canada. God continues to call them to send out dedicated, called, and gifted Village Missionaries to “Preach the Word and love the people.” Today, Village Missions has 230 Village Missionaries currently serving across the North America. Only heaven can measure the impact this ministry has had on individual lives, communities, churches and the world.

Village Missions values the placement of full-time, spiritually qualified missionary pastor by invitation of the local people as the primary means of developing spiritually vital country churches. They support their missionary pastors financially and offer District Representatives to help encourage them as well. Village Missions values an approach to ministry that proclaims and demonstrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is evangelistic, relational, and involved in community life. A focused approach of reaching people in rural communities of North America- places without an ongoing demonstration of the gospel is important to Village Missions. They value a long-term approach that enables rural churches that have reached financial stability to collaborate with them in helping other rural churches, while receiving leadership and encouragement from them. Village Missions values Christian character, specifically integrity, Christ-like love, humility, and faith, in all that they do as a mission and as individuals in their mission. They are committed to the Word of God for all that there are and all that they do.

Village Missions strives to utilize all of their resources to support our church communities when they are in need. Thank you Village Missions for your hard work.

 

https://villagemissions.org/

Dallas Adopt A Family

The Dallas Adopt a Family Committee would like to thank you for supporting us and taking the time to give back to our Dallas community. In 2017 over 200 families and 12 youth were adopted totaling more than 1,000 individuals, including 622 children.  

The holidays are just around the corner and we know our community needs will be high this year. If you are able, we are asking for your help to adopt a local family by providing food for a Christmas meal and gifts for each child in the home. If you are unable to shop, but would still like to adopt a family, monetary donations are welcome. We have volunteers that will take care of the shopping and wrapping for you.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dallas community we have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet our anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up still.

If you are interested in adopting a family, please complete the online donor registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp  and return it to the Dallas Resource Center (182 SW Academy St. Suite 220).

With your help, we can make this a wonderful Christmas for the families in our community.

Thank you,

 Dallas Adopt a Family Committee

Interested in volunteering? Simply complete the online form at the attached link above. Shopping Day will be held on Monday, December 17th, and Wrapping Day is Tuesday, December 17th.On December 19th Donors may drop off their wrapped gifts and foods. Thursday, December 20th volunteers will be assisting families as they pick up what the community has provided.

Donations are needed for wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, gift tags, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and $25 Safeway and Walmart gift card. All donations can be dropped off at the Dallas Community Resource Center before December 18th.

Dallas Adopt a Family matches local families with community member, agencies, businesses, clubs, and churches who would like to “adopt” them for Christmas. Each adopted family receives food to prepare a Christmas meal and a gift for each child from ages zero to eighteen.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Technical Genius Solutions

Is your computer running slow? Tempted to use your laptop as a Frisbee? This week only, Technical Genius Solutions is running a free computer diagnosis special. Bring your computer in and they will work hard to have it running like new!

https://tgsoregon.net/

 

West Valley Taphouse

Tap Takeover Thursday! Gigantic Brewing will be in the house from 6 pm to 9 pm showing off their beers and giving away free swag. While you are enjoying a good beer to order the Food Special; Roasted Squash Fondue. Roasted acorn squash filled with a Gruyere and Emmenthaler beer cheese fondue and breadcrumb topping!

Saturday is Timbers Championship Game at 5 pm. Wear your Timers colors for $1 off all drinks during the game!

West Valley Taphouse Christmas Tree is up! This year West Valley is holding a pajama drive. Help United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley give foster children a new set of pajamas this holiday season. You have until December 16th to get your pair under the tree.

Guys Shopping Night is coming up! West Valley Taphouse has partnered with Main St. Emporium to provide a way to have your beer, and get your holiday shopping done without spilling a drop. Main St. Emporium vendors will be visiting West Valley Taphouse to help pick out, pay, and gift wrap your gift to the special people in your life. Come on down!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

YoungPros

The last YoungPros of the 2018 series will be held this December 12th, at Focal Point Photography. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Gene Henshaw with Public Policy about how important it is that business members be involved in Public Policy.

YoungPros was able to assist with a scholarship that helps local Dallas High School students attend college. If you would like to help sponsor this scholarship then reach out to them. This is a great opportunity to support our community.

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/young-pros-networking-2323

 

Washington Federal

The Giving Tree is up! This year Washington Federal will be helping CASA children. If you would like to help a family this holiday season, then stop on by and pick up a tag. Washington Federal Giving Tree will be running until December 21st.

https://www.washingtonfederal.com/locations/oregon/dallas

 

City of Dallas

Adopt of Family is still looking for sponsors. They have about 108 families adopted so far but need at least 115 more to meet their anticipated need. If you have a bowling group, office group, or other group that could work together to adopt a small, medium or large family to provide a food box and gifts for children, you can sign up by going to www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAAFHelp. Thank you for your Generous support!

 

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

State of the Chamber is the theme of our next Luncheon. Hear from JD, CEO, about what we have been busy working on this year while you are at work. This is also a great opportunity for our new members to learn what resources are available to them via Chamber Login, and Chamber staff. Don’t miss this chance to put “one more bullet in your Chamber.”

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/chamber-luncheon-2332

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley Pajama drive is still going. Our box is about half way full, but knowing our Dallas community we expect to see it over flowing. Bring in your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, kids, or teenagers before December 17th!

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is providing Christmas Cheer with peanut butter. They help those in need enjoy holiday food shopping Christmas Eve, and is a wonderful program. Drop off your jar of peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, before December 23rd.

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

Santa Clause is coming to town!

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along.

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

Polk County Warming Centers

Warming centers are not a new idea; we’ve even had them in Polk County in the past. The reason for our current model is to provide a sustainable way of offering safe and warm places year after year without overburdening any one faith community or resource partner. This conversation started between a couple of pastors in Monmouth in October 2017. Although they were not able to open that season, the ball started rolling. The county stepped in and applied for a grant, which we were generously awarded from the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – more than double the amount asked for! You can read more about the new model and goals for this Winter season in the Statesman Journal article attached below.

 

FAQs

When are you open?

When the low temperature is forecasted to drop to 32F or below for a period of three nights, the Warming Center activates on that first night. Intake is from 7-9 pm. The center is open until 7 am.

Where is the Warming Center located?

They are scheduling host sites throughout Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, and Falls City. These are churches and other facilities open to the public. Each location will be on call for a two-week period.

I’m in another town and don’t have transportation. How can I get there?

They can help! Transportation is available with an hour’s notice on the days they are active. They want you to be able to get to the warming center and back to your community the next morning.

What about all my stuff?

For everyone’s safety, they ask that you leave all bags, luggage, and back packs with them when you check in. They will label them with your name and secure them in a safe space until you check out. Please do not bring any weapons, drugs, or alcohol to the warming center.

What area(s) do you serve?

Rural Polk County, Oregon (basically everything outside of West Salem)

I have kids. Are families welcome?

Yes! Kids are welcome with a parent or guardian. For unaccompanied youth under the age of 18, they will work with law enforcement or DHS to contact relatives or find alternative shelter as needed.

What about pets?

Well-behaved animals are welcome, but must be kenneled while inside the building. Crates and food/water provided.

Can you use donations?

Yes! Instant decaf coffee/tea, bullion, gloves, beanies, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, and other wintery-warm items are especially appreciated. They receive donations at the Dallas Resource Center and distribute from there as needed.

Thanks for your support!

 

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/07/13/homeless-crisis-warming-shelters-salem-community/772209002/\

Sunny Oaks Inc.

Dedicated to serving the special needs communities of Marion and Polk counties in Oregon since 1973, Sunny Oaks, Inc. is a values-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has ten homes, and currently serves over 60 individuals.

Since 1973, Sunny Oaks has been dedicated to providing care and services for people with I.DD. By hiring and training a staff that is focused on the well-being and personal growth of each customer, Sunny Oaks maintains a value-based organization that stands out in many ways. Sunny Oaks offers 10 residential programs and Community Inclusion, offering a diverse and rich platform for individuality and person freedom of choice.

Sunny Oaks supports opportunities to have “exercised authority and responsibility” over one’s “chosen programs” resulting in new life skills, meaningful relationships of one’s own choosing, fulfillment of expanded dreams and goals, independence and interdependence, and, mostly, individually defined happiness.

They believe all people should have the power to control one’s own life to the fullest potential. Sunny Oaks recognizes each person’s right and need to make choices. They will strive to support people to identify and express those choices. Sunny Oaks realizes the value of informed choices that include dignity of risk. They also believe in inclusion, integration and participation in the community to the degree desired by the person. The support a person’s authority, autonomy, and privacy in all interactions. Sunny Oaks will, in all their interactions, engage with the person as they would with anyone else, from a friendly and supportive adult-to-adult approach that respects and empowers the person. They will talk to the person and not around the person or as if the person is not present. They will knock on the doors to the person’s house, to the person’s room, and will ask permission to enter, for one example. Sunny Oaks staff must respect a person’s space, the person’s presence or absence, the person’s dreams and goals, and realize that they are the guests and they are the ones that must ask for permission and be on their best behavior.

Sunny Oaks, while being both operationally and fiscally responsible, strives to be mindful and heartfelt in creating warm, safer, caring “integrated” environments and activities that meet the needs of the customer.

Sunny Oaks envisions a world where Sunny Oaks Inc. is a provider of choice and where people “are highly regarded, able to access more than adequate resources, have control over one’s own life, and are supported by fairly compensated and well-trained, proactive, person centered staff”.

“We know who we are, but know not what we may be”

– William Shakespeare

 

 

https://sunnyoaksinc.org/

A Note from the CEO

First of all I would like to thank our Chamber of Commerce members for their investment in the Chamber. Doing what we do for the community is important. It is their time, talents, and treasure investments that make it possible for us to accomplish what we do for you while you are at work.

2018 has been quite a year with many changes and upgrades. Below are a few highlights:

  • Scholarships for students who are wishing to study business were awarded through Young Pros
  • We began Wake Up Wednesday to meet members’ desire for increased connectivity
  • Hosted our 61st Annual Community Awards Banquet
  • 15 new members to date
  • Continued improvements to the Chamber of Commerce website and its value to you
  • New Online Journal began – a blog designed to keep you informed and amplify our search engines
  • Worked within the region to improve Tourism with Polk County Tourism Alliance
  • Created new video marketing for Dallas with Workforce Development Internship with Dallas High School
  • Hosted the first annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit
  • Created new value – added and repackaged membership structure

By restructuring your membership investment we have packaged things for your convenience based upon what your normal participation and interests are. You will notice, therefore, that the investment rates have changed accordingly. For a clearer look at what your membership now includes, take a look at our website and scroll to the bottom to thumb through the new Investment Menu. You will notice that it has got a few things to finalize, including the addition of a marketing campaign called ‘Dallas Live!’ but we wanted to share it with you, and our Chamber members.

As always, we are here to help and discover how we can best serve you and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Some of you have asked for them already, and yes 2019 membership investment invoices and a stats sheet are on their way out for those of you with a January billing date.

Thank you for supplying us with the opportunity to serve Dallas by being a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for Dallas to be known as a great place to live, work and play.

 

https://dallasoregon.org/

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring has been at the same location since 1949, in the quiet and peaceful town of Dallas. We are pleased to announce that they have recently joined the Chamber of Commerce community.

They have over 3,000 square feet of fully updated showroom and warehouse full of carpet, vinyl and laminate floor for immediate sale. Their expert installers have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about installation and floor care. The showrooms are staffed with flooring experts who go through continuous training to understand consumer needs, recommend the best possible floor choice based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Because of a long lasting tradition of excellence, well known by many, they have installed for many local businesses, schools, homes, and governor’s offices, including the Governor’s Mansion.

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring guarantee their sales and installation. Their four sales people have over 100 years of flooring experience and can guide you to the best products to fulfill your needs. Their estimates are free and you are welcome to check out samples to take home. If you cannot come to their showroom, they will bring the store to you. They will bring samples to your home and provide assistance in selecting the right floor for your needs. Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring have a state-of-the-art website where you can view flooring options and get information on how to select a new floor when you want, and where you want.

They know floors because that is all they do. They will help you choose the perfect floor for your lifestyle and your budget. It’s their pleasure to advise you of the benefits and features of their products. Why? Because Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring want you to be happy with your new floor for years to com.

With their Lifetime Warranty on our broadloom carpet collections from Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber, Alexander Smith, American Showcase, Softique, Legendary Beauty and Premier Stainmaster there is no reason to go anywhere else! These brands offer the peace of mind you demand out of your investment while delivering the highest fashion available in carpet.

All of their Exclusive Carpet Brands are manufactured with pride in the United States.

Dallas Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring join our membership. We thank them for 69 years of amazing customer service!

 

https://dallasor.abbeycarpet.com/

Spirit Mountain Casino

Spirit Mountain Casino and Hotel have exciting news to share with our members!

At the Coyote Club, Spirit Mountain Casino thinks that every person playing games should be rewarded! That’s why they started the Coyote Club membership.

Starting at the low, low price of free, joining the Coyote Club is easy. Simply head over to their website and fill out the short sign-up form! Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of what members can expect from signing up, let’s talk about their New Member Promotion!

When you become a brand-new, first time member of the Coyote Club, you’re able to try your hand at their New Member kiosk game for a chance to win up to $10,000 in Free Play! Other prizes include lower amounts of Free Play, food discounts, bonus points, point multipliers, and other fun merchandise!

After you’ve taken a stab at this game, new Coyote Club members can expect:

  • Monthly mailings and Free Play offers
  • Birthday bonus points
  • Club Anniversary bonus points
  • Complimentary food and lodge rooms
  • Basic cashback for points
  • Various discounts

Earning points is easy. All you have to do is play your favorite games each visit, and they’ll award you points based on a variety of factors which include the number of credits used to play, the length of play, the amount wagered, or your buy-in amount.

After playing, head over to the Coyote Club desk to redeem your membership points. We recommend redeeming them at the end of each playing day, as points expire after 12 months of inactivity!

Looking for more benefits? Well then grow your membership to Gold and Platinum! Every 6 months, Spirit Mountain Casino reviews accounts and depending on your rate of play and point earning, you have a chance to gain Gold or Platinum membership status.

Gold gets you:

  • All basic member rewards
  • Complimentary concert tickets
  • Slot machine and table game tournament invitations
  • Even bigger discounts
  • Even more cashback for points

With Platinum, you get:

  • All basic and Gold status rewards
  • Themed party invitations
  • Priority registration for the Lodge
  • Priority seating at the Cedar Plank Buffet
  • Credit at PlayWorld
  • EVEN MORE cashback for points
  • Larger discounts at the gift shop
  • Invitations to off-site events
  • Access to the Platinum Lounge and Platinum ONLY kiosk

If you’re playing games at Spirit Mountain Casino, there really is no reason to not sign up for the Coyote Club. It’s quick, easy, and a great addition to your casino gaming.

Sign up today!

 

https://www.spiritmountain.com/

Sounds of Christmas

This year is Guthrie Park’s 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program. Guthrie Park is a 501-c non-profit organization dedicated as a meeting and gathering place for the community. Their purpose is to promote Cultural events such as music, art, and dancing. Finances are generated through public donations and rental fees paid for the use of Guthrie. There are no paid employees under this organization. Besides the board of directors several people, who refer to themselves as “Friends of Guthrie”, volunteer their time and talents to assist and care for Guthrie Parks’ needs.

The 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program is a benefit to raise funds for the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park Community Center. It is also meant as a way for the community to gather and share in an old fashioned Christmas celebration. Just as was done over 100 years ago when Guthrie was a community school.

All events at Guthrie Park are family friendly! Alcohol and controlled substances are strictly prohibited.

Musicians will be performing Holiday music live! Artists such as Once Blind, Sarah & Jason, and Cash & Company.

There will also be prizes raffled off to the audience. Tickets cost $1 and $5 each. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park. Tickets will be sold only at the show, and you must be present in order to win. There are a wide selection of items to win such as; gift cards, toys, tools, jewelry, Holiday treats, treasures and much more! This is a great opportunity to treat yourself, or regift for a loved one.

Santa Claus will also be there after the show to visit with the children. A Sing-A-Long of Christmas songs and music jam after the show with words provided! Dress casually or dress up in your favorite Holiday Attire! Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring and share your favorite Holiday treat. Seating is limited and doors open at 5:45 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Please check the interactive calendar for any updates as to detail on the event or changes to the events schedules.

For more information go to www.guthriepark.org, 503-623-0809, or guthriepark@gmail.com.