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/

Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center

Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center is a private non-profit 501©3 corporation. They provide intensive treatment for severely emotionally disturbed children ages twelve to seventeen years of age. These children are often identified as having problems that interfere with their functioning at home, school, or in the community. Often they have trouble making and keeping friends, identified with low self-esteem, depressed, withdrawn, hyperactive, anger, and the list goes on.

Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center philosophy is that every child does well if they can. Their program is designed to keep the child at home in their own community and back in school as soon as medically possible. They acknowledge that in most cases, significant change can occur rapidly and with less turmoil if the child is living at home.

Thanks to research, today Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center know more about kids with social, emotional, and behavioral problems than they ever have. They no know that challenging behavior – whether it is screaming, swearing, biting, spitting, hitting, kicking, destroying property, or worse – is set in motion by lagging cognitive skills, especially in the domains of flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem solving. They now know that challenging behavior is not the result of passive, permissive, inconsistent parenting, but is instead best understood as a form of developmental delay.

Each child receives individual, group, family, and milieu therapy and treatment plan based on their particular issues, emotional and behavioral needs. A vital element is the relationship between the adolescent and their Primary Therapist. It is a personal relationship that allows the child to discover ways of handling new and difficult situations, building self-confidence and resilience. Outdoor and recreation activities play a part in the total program. The staff provides a safe atmosphere of warmth and acceptance which encourages a developing sense of responsibility and competence.

All parents and foster parents of the children at the center participate in Family Therapy. The purpose is to provide a shared growth experience and designed to give families support as well as different ways of interacting and dealing with problems in the nurturing fashion. The family is the center of a child’s emotional well-being and is essential to their treatment. Families also have the ability to participate in parenting and family groups. Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center offers muti-family group sessions as a way of providing help and feedback from other families experiencing similar difficulties.

We are thankful for all that Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center does to help both the children and their families in our community!

 

http://padtc.org/contact-us/

Partnerships in Community Living

Partnerships in Community Living, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 with the mission to expand the horizons and enhance the quality of life for the people they support where they work, play, and live. Originally started in Polk County, Partnerships in Community Living has spread through several counties in the Willamette Valley, and in 2010 further expanded by adding a Southern Division, in Jackson and Josephine counties. Partnerships in Community Living’s organizational vision is to create and continually evolve as an agency that is the most person centered provider of services to individuals with developmental disabilities. They also strive to create the best training and consultation on issues related to developmental disabilities in America. It is their goal to be the preferred provider of these services and the quality standard by which others are measured.

From Salem to Eugene and Southern Oregon Partnerships in Community Living offers a large variety of services for people with developmental disabilities. Many people they support even receive multiple types of services and they cater to the specific needs and the Individualized Support Plan (ISP) of each person. An ISP is a written plan that details the support needs, activities, and resources that are important to each person’s unique preferences. A team that includes, and is often led by, that person meets often or as needed to determine goals for that person and then puts a plan in place on how to meet those goals.

Partnerships in Community Living realizes that “Services” can look different for everyone. PCL offers everything between 24 hour full time care in people’s homes to weekly visits and as needed. Their Direct Support Professionals are highly trained on everything from personal care and handling medicine, to grocery shopping, cooking, and balancing a budget. A lot of moving parts go with living a meaningful life. Partnerships in Community Living has teams that specialize in mental health and individual support needs.

They believe that all people should be contributing and inclusive members of their community. It is in line with their mission of expanding the horizons and enhancing the quality of life for those that they support; to help people find jobs and activities to be part of in their community.

If you are interested in how you can help Partnership in Community Living, or learning more about the services they offer you can contact them using the link below.

 

http://www.pclpartnership.org/

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

Welcoming Parkside Self Defense

Parkside Self Defense instructors are trained professionals with experience in Taekwondo, Karate, Aikido, Kenpo, Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts. They actively teach the character building traits that develop black belts from the inside out; focus, discipline, self-control and perseverance to name a few. They maintain a staff of highly skilled, thoroughly educated professionals to give you the very best in martial arts education in the Dallas, Oregon area. Parkside Self Defense is on a constant quest to be the best, so their students can always expect the very best in martial art training.

Parkside Self Defense is designed as a personal development system as well as a self-defense system. Their classes are filled with excitement, yet focused on developing the inner qualities of a champion. Learning builds a sense of accomplishment. With each new accomplishment the student’s self-confidence grows, and confidence is the first step in the empowerment of a person’s physical and mental abilities.

Once they begin to develop a student’s self-confidence, they are then able to instill the values of respect, courtesy, honesty, perseverance, and integrity that are the foundation of martial arts dating back thousands of years.

Furthermore, your child will develop perseverance, which is a non-quitting spirit to overcome life’s obstacles. Instilling a non-quitting spirit helps a child overcome challenges, to succeed in the face of adversity – to be a goal setter, and a goal-getter.

These combined physical and character foundations that Parkside Self Defense develops helps children excel in their academic life, sports, and social environment. It ensures that they will have the confidence in themselves and the character to make the right decisions when confronted with negative peer pressure. They will be leaders, not followers.

At Parkside Self Defense their instructors are here to guide, instruct, and motivate each child to be the best that they can be. It can be heartbreaking for a child to sit on the bench because he or she is not “good enough” to make the team. How sad it is that this world has placed this type of negative pressure on our youth at such an early age..

They believe that in order to build a champion kid, a coach needs to understand that each child has his or her own unique abilities. Their program allows your child to find the inner-strength and confidence to know they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors center is pleased to welcome Parkside Self Defense into our Chamber community!

 

https://parksideselfdefense.com/