Dallas Christmas Cheer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

ME Electric

ME Electric, Inc is the preeminent electrical contractor. For over 40 years, they have serviced Salem the greater Dallas and Oregon area including Polk, Marion, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Yamhill, Tillamook, Benton, Washington, and Multnomah counties. ME Electrics devotion to providing excellent customer service and quality products has helped us stand out from the competition. The team of certified electricians at ME Electric is committed to offering the right solution for every residential or commercial project.

ME Electric provides service for every situation, be it residential, commercial, or new construction. Their team of technicians are ready to handle any electrical project or emergency you may have, including kitchen and bathroom remodels, appliance hook-ups, service work, and much more. ME Electric is adept at handling commercial renovations and new constructions for all types of businesses ranging from offices and stores to large-scale commercial spaces. Their ability to think outside of the box combined with their “can do” attitude ensures any new construction project will meet or exceed their client’s expectations.

At ME Electric, their customers always come first. Their clients are their most important assets and they strive to keep the customer happy when supplying their work. ME Electric success can be attributed through their repeat and referral business, and by repairing problems others have not been able to. They have built their reputation by delivering superior service at an honest cost.

Customer experience is their number one priority. You can expect nothing but the best customer service from the very first phone call – your satisfaction and care is ME Electrics goal. Their electricians embody their values; quality workmanship, safety, teamwork, on-time performance, dependability and trust.

ME Electric’s unwavering dedication to providing exceptional customer service and rapid response time has set them apart from other electricians. Their specialization in problem solving, commitment to offering the best service, and priority of getting the job done right the first time has contributed to their repeat business over the years. From repairing minor electrical problems to completely re-wiring your home, their crew is equipped to handle any job.

 

“… nice and understanding and fixed my problem quickly and efficiently.”

  • Kathy B, Monmouth OR

“You will be my first call in the future…”

  • Sally B, Salem OR

Isabel Sanchez – The Churro Loco Lady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mad Hatter Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas 3rd Annual Glow Run

Next Saturday, October 13th, 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 such as seniors or families going through hard times.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 5th 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!

We hope you all have run, and be safe!

 

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

Wake Up Wednesday News – Part 2

Advocare

Lisa Preston with Advocare is teaching a Bye-Bye Belly class starting next week. If you are interested in learning healthy eating habits, and great fitness routines contact Lisa for more information.

prestonpowerhouse@gmail.com

 

Visitors Center

Dallas Area Visitors Center is working close with the students at the Morrison Campus to plan this years 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

 

West Valley Taphouse

West Valley Tap House will be holding Octoberfest on October 6th! Starting at 5 pm you can join them for beer, and traditional German sausage cooked on the grill. So grab you lederhosen and head down to West Valley Tap House for some fun, and good beer!

http://westvalleytaphouse.com/

 

MV Advancements

Curious about what it is that MV Advancements does? Want to know if they would be a good fit for your business? Contact them today to arrange a Virtual Tour “See The Heart”. The tour will take about an hour and will help you asses the benefits of a MV Advancement partnership.

https://mvadvancements.org/contact/

 

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/

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a Candidate Forum on October 9th at the Dallas Civic Center. This is a great opportunity for the community to come and hear discussion about issues that matter to them from candidates for Mayor, City Council, and State Representative. We hope to see you there!

http://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/candidate-forum-4442

Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has announced that we will not be directing next year’s City events. While the events such as Summerfest are expect to continue we will not be the organization leading them. We have decided to hand over the events in an effort to become less of an event Chamber, and more of a service Chamber. We hope that by better focusing our efforts to better serve our community.

Wake Up Wednesday News – Part 1

Pfaff-Karren Insurance

Pfaff-Karren Insurance is gearing up for open enrollment. If you or anyone you know have questions concerning your health insurance, and what options might be available to you stop on by. As always the coffee is on and their door is open!

https://pkindependence.com/about/

 

Pacific Power

As always, Pacific Power strives to support their local communities to the best of their ability. This week they will be presenting a check to the Downtown Foundation in order to help preserve our local business, and downtown area.

https://www.pacificpower.net/index.html

Energy Trust of Oregon is working with SmartWatt Energy, Inc. to offer rebates and 0% financing for qualifying businesses that switch to energy-efficient LEDs or other lighting solutions that could lower your energy costs. Are you eligible? You just need to be a Pacific Power customer, and commercial business that doesn’t manufacture goods.

Start with an Energy Analysis: smallbusiness-energysavings@smartwattinc.com

 

Polk County Fairgrounds

Polk County Fairgrounds is working hard implementing upgrades on their facilities. We look forward to seeing the improvements as the months pass by!

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

 

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Washington Street Steakhouse has renovated their kitchen and are now rolling out new seafood specials weekly. Stop on in and see what they’ve got cooking!

https://washingtonststeakhouse.com/

 

Mid Valley Ford

It’s no secret that school budgets are tight, often leaving various programs underfunded. In an effort to devise a creative, low-pressure fund-raising opportunity, Ford launched the Drive 4 UR School test-drive program. Ford offers a $20 donation for each valid test-drive, up to $6,000 total, which can be used for sports, booster clubs, music programs and the many other miscellaneous expenses associated with running a school.

http://www.midvalleyford.com/ford-cares

 

Harvest CrossFit

Harvest CrossFit is working hard to train new coaches who have experience training people who have no CrossFit experience. To provide this training to their coaches they are looking for people who are willing to be trained. If you are interested they will need your assistance this Sunday, October 7th, at 1:30 pm. Contact MacLarin if you are interested in participating.

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

 

City of Dallas

City of Dallas is looking for business partners interested in decorating the City Park for their 3rd Annual Glow Run on October 13th. If you are interested then please contact Sheila Pierce at City Hall. Don’t forget to dress up in your costume and join the fun!

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

 

Polk County Tourism Summit on October 24th. Join leaders in the community for the 2018 Polk County Tourism Summit to discuss, learn, and plan for tourism opportunities in Polk County.

https://goo.gl/forms/aJmHPp5rWhiUD3b32

Main Auto Body Inc

Mater: Oh, for a second there, I thought you was tryin’ to fix my dents.

Holley Shiftwell: Yes, I was. (presses a button to move the sander away)

Mater: Well, then, no, thank you. I don’t get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody. They way too valuable.

Holley Shiftwell: Your dents are valuable? Really?

Mater: I come by each one of ’em with my best friend, Lightning McQueen. I don’t fix these. I wanna remember these dents forever.
Copyright Disney/Pixar “Cars 2”.  All rights reserved.

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. What makes them even harder to accept is the often confusing auto repair process. At Main Auto Body, Inc. they go the extra mile to make an unpleasant event easier to handle. From collision repair and glass replacement to paintwork and alignments, their auto care experts will return your vehicle to its pre-accident condition as quickly as possible.

Any reputable auto repair shop can provide a reasonable cost estimate for repair work after an accident. What sets Main Auto Body apart is the fact that they understand how confusing the repair process can be. As such, they have made it their mission to make the process simpler and more transparent by providing exceptional customer service each step of the way. The moment you accept their free cost estimate for repair work, Main Auto Body accepts responsibility for the entire repair process. That include everything from insurance claims to the repair work to providing you with a rental car on-site. Main Auto Body’s goal is to handle as much of the process as they can so that you don’t have to. The only thing you need to worry about, in most instances, is getting back behind the wheel in your recently repaired vehicle.

https://www.mainautobody.net/dallas/

Dallas School District #2

The Dallas High School Sports Marketing class, Leadership class, and Cheer Team have teamed up with the Susan G Komen Foundation to help spread awareness and support for breast cancer. Dallas High School has been selected among Willamette Valley schools to represent the Breast Cancer foundation this year.

As October is Breast Cancer awareness month, they are selling “Fight Like a Girl” shirts for students, staff and anyone else who would be willing to support this cause. It is also a great opportunity to come represent at our “Pink Out” games next month.

All proceeds will go to the Susan Komen foundation to help local breast cancer survivors and their battle.

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, they have invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Their efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989 to 2014 and they won’t stop until their promise is fulfilled.

Susan G. Komen has transformed how the world treats and talks about this disease and have mobilized the largest and most passionate community. Since 1982, they have funded more than $988 million in research, more than $2.2 billion in education, screening, and treatment, serving millions worldwide.

The combination of science, education and direct help to people facing breast cancer has led to a 39 percent decline in mortality since 1989. Komen has funded more breast cancer research over their history than any other nonprofit to date. Komen focuses on supporting those with the fewest resources; uninsured, under-insured and low-income women and men unable to access care. Komen and grantees educate people about breast cancer where they live, work, play, and pray to empower them with information they need to make informed breast care decisions for themselves and as they advocate for others.

To order a shirt, please use the following link: https://dallaspinkpromo.itemorder.com

Les Schwab Tires

It all began in 1952 with one little tire shop and a vision of bringing together service, value, and convenience for their customers.

It is about you, and it is about time. Les Schwab sets the standard for consistently exceptional customer service. Who else runs out to greet you at your car when you arrive? Their founder, Les Schwab, said, “Our business is earning your trust and we like doing that as fast as we can.”

Always improving, never changing. From flexible credit options and vehicle wellness reports to free Wi-Fi in their waiting room, they are always coming up with better ways to make things easier for you.

Creating customers for life by creating employees for life. At Les Schwab, employees are treated like partners; that is why many of them have been with Les Schwab for well over thirty years. So you will enjoy friendly, familiar faces – along with convenient free services and the best warranty in the business – for the life of your tires.

Always driven by their founder’s vision. Born in 1917 in Bend, Oregon, Les Schwab came from humble beginnings. He was a self-made man, and believed in old-fashioned hard work. Les built his business from one store to hundreds of locations across the western states, making Les Schwab one of the largest independent tire businesses in the United States.

He did not do it alone. Les valued partnership – he was married for over 70 years after all – and provided his employee’s training and opportunities to grow and succeed, both financially and personally. Les believed in treating customers like family.

Although Les passed away in 2007, his vision remains at the core of the company’s culture: give people more for their money… reward employees for their expertise and hard work… earn people’s trust and everyone benefits. Today, the 7,000 plus employees of Les Schwab Tire Centers are proud to carry on this legacy.

Keeping your life in motion. Over 65 years ago, they set the standard for tire service. Today, Les Schwab Tires continue to go out of their way to keep you on your way.