National Chocolate Pudding Day

Rich, flavorful, and decadent, there’s nothing in life quite as good as chocolate pudding. While puddings of every type have a long and decadent history, it’s chocolate that’s the modern favorite. Its creamy texture is without a doubt one of the most amazing things about it, but there’s a secret in the pudding that not everyone knows. Worry not though, we’ll be letting you in on it when we talk about the history of puddings and, of course, Chocolate Pudding Day.

The history of puddings starts far back in the 17th century, when the first recipes for puddings appears. Back then puddings were made much different than the classically thought of pudding is today, and to make it clear we’re talking about dessert puddings not savory puddings, which are another topic entirely. Common ingredients were butter and flour, suet, cereals, and other ingredients which when they came together served to create more of a cake like result than the puddings we think of today. It’s also worth mentioning that they baked, steamed, even boiled into their final form.

Originally it was egg that provided the thickening agent that made a pudding into a type of custard, but the invention of a stable powder-form of egg-free custard mix really helped to bring the dessert pudding into the modern day. Chocolate pudding is the type known as a creamy pudding, and is typically made of a combination of sugar, milk, and a thickening agent of one of a broad range of things. Sometimes a gelatin was used, tapioca and cornstarch are popular, or even rice puddings.

The majority of puddings are served cold, though a few are prepared warm. Rice puddings are particularly popular as a warm served treat, and chocolate puddings are one of the few that can get away with being served warm or cold. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this divers and delicious treat!

So to celebrate Chocolate Pudding Day start off with getting yourself a great big bowl of delicious chocolate pudding and go to town. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can even try making your own, which opens up a broad range of possibilities. A milk chocolate may be a classic type of pudding, but you can also mix it up with a dark chocolate, a white chocolate, even a mint chocolate! Then you can top it off with a swirl of caramel or event sprinkle it with rainbow sprinkles. Chocolate Pudding Day celebrates this amazing treat and offers you the opportunity to eat your fill with no guilt, top it with whipped cream!

Wake Up Wednesday News

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub

Boneyard Tap Tasting on Thursday July 26th. Join them on the Pub side for their Tap Takeover featuring Boneyard Beer! They will have giveaways and prizes available. It will start at 6 pm until 8 pm

Washington St. Steakhouse will be celebrating their 19th anniversary in Dallas with a Summertime Luau! They will have Hawaiian food and drink specials all day long and don’t forget to come dressed in your Hawaiian garb. 6 am to 11 pm

Dean is back and with him he brings Trivia Night! Trivia Night will be every 1st and 3rd Sunday on the Pub side starting at 6:30 pm. Come down and test your knowledge!

 

Yolanda Zuger, Keller Williams

The Tour of Homes is still going on! Come see twenty-three beautiful homes from the region’s premier builders. Guidebooks will be available at all Tour homes and supporting sponsor locations. There is also a mobile app Parade Craze for iPhone or Android. It includes complete home information, as well as GPS turn-by-turn directions to Tour homes.

 

Dallas Vitality Association

Non-Profit Showcase takes over Tuesday on the Square. This event will showcase our Non-Profit groups in the community, and give an opportunity for the community to give back. Learn what charities operate in Dallas, what they do, and where you can direct those in need. Come learn what volunteer opportunities are available, and how you can help causes in our area. There will also be great food to purchase and bouncy houses for the kids! From 4 pm to 7 pm on July 10th.

 

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Beginners Class starting July 9th to August 15th. 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

 

City of Dallas

CGI is coming to Dallas next week to film our local area in a promotional video. They will be selling links to the video to business, and at no cost to nonprofits. This is a great promotional opportunity for our area!

National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21st. With all of this beautiful sunshine that Dallas has been receiving how could we not observe this holiday? The day recognizes summer solstice, the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows, and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.

Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many benefits for us, and Oregonians are known to be lacking this crucial vitamin. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body: helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, support the immune system, brain, and nervous system, regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management, support lung function and cardiovascular health, and protect against cancer.

It’s pretty straightforward on how to celebrate Daylight Appreciation Day. Get outside and spend some time under the safest nuclear furnace we know of, the sun! Picnics and walks in the forest are some of the best ways to spend the day, remembering that the year to come will only get darker with every passing day until we’re full in the depths of winter. If you’ve found yourself entombed in your cubicle, shoveling out work for others to go out and spent their day in the sun, take the day off and remind yourself that there is an outdoors. Go swimming, have a barbecue, get friends and family together, and have a great Daylight Appreciation Day! Just don’t forget the spf protection.

Enjoy the summer sunshine and let it into your home. After all, this is Oregon so enjoy it while it lasts!

Dallas Church

Dallas Church is a non-denominational, independent, New Testament-based Christian church started October 21, 2007, in partnership with the CEA in Washington, East 91st Street Christian Church in Indiana, Common Ground Church in the Seattle area, and locally with Monmouth Christian Church.

The vision of a new church in Dallas, Oregon was originally birthed through years of dreaming by Monmouth Christian Church and brought to life by two families in July 2007, the Baumans and the Milllers. After relocating from Maple Valley, Washington, both families began to hone the vision and mission of this new startup church. Soon, many other families began to jump in, including several from our ‘mother church’ Monmouth Christian.

Ben Bauman grew up in Dallas and learned to read at Lyle Elementary School. After 4th grade his family moved to a farm outside of Sheridan, Oregon where he went to high school at McMinnville. After graduating from MHS in 1991, he received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry in 1995. Ben is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ministry Leadership through Hope International University. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart Jackie since 1993 and has 2 kids. After 8 years in Tennessee, Ben and the family returned to the west coast and, in 2004, they helped start Common Ground Church in Maple Valley, Washington. Three years later, in 2007, God called them to start a new church in Dallas.

Since the time of their going public that day in October, Dallas Church has been doing amazing things in our community including scores of baptisms, marriages invited, children born & dedicated, and lives changed. Recently they held a several weeks long guitars classes for children that wished to learn, and last night a Showcase of Learning that included our local martial arts school, drama students, Yoga demonstration, singing, instrumental performances, and an award ceremony for students attending Dallas Community School.

After sending the Miller family to Corvallis in the summer of 2010, they celebrated the birth of a new daughter church they are leading in that city. Corvallis Church held their first public worship gathering October 2nd, 2011. God has blessed that new church with lives being changed weekly! They now meet at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis and are reaching people for Christ.

They believe God is leading them to more ministry in the city of Dallas, more global ministry beyond the Northwest and are seeking the Lord’s leading.

Kurt Van Meter

“Straight up, I should be dead,” Kurt Van Meter once cheerfully told a reporter. At 1:30 pm Friday, November 21, 2009, then police officer Van Meter responded to a call from his sergeant saying that shots had been fired in downtown Hillsboro. When the high-speed car chase through the busiest stretch of Portland’s sprawling suburb ended, Van Meter stood only a few paces from the deranged gunman.

“He jumped out of the Honda with the silver .50 caliber Desert Eagle in one hand and a black .45 caliber Desert Eagle in the other,” Van Meter told a reporter from Police One shortly after the incident. Van Meter remembers the man leveling one of the pistols directly at him before two officers from neighboring Cornelius opened fire and killed the gunman.

Van Meter’s brush with death gave way to a moment of clarity in which he decided to pursue his life-long dream and follow in the footsteps of his country music hero, Garth Brooks.

Van Meter can remember the moment he knew he wanted to be a singer.

“My brother was giving me a ride to school – I think I was a freshman or sophomore – and he put in this CD and told me that I had to hear this song,” Van Meter said. “It was ‘Friends in Low Places’ by Garth Brooks. I was instantly hooked. I was like, I don’t know what this is, but whatever it is, I want to be a part of it.”

But life seemed to take him in every direction but the music. Van Meter played football and became a bull rider at Oregon State University before entering the police force. There, he would sing in the office – but his coworkers didn’t seem to share in the joy.

“My first gig was marine patrol and they give you a partner. He told me one day, ‘Kurt have I ever told you how much I love your singing?’ I said no and he goes, ‘then shut up.’” Van Meter figured maybe he wasn’t that good of a singer, after all. The first person who told him he had a good voice was an ex-girlfriend. But music seemed to be an out-of-reach dream.

The shooting changed all of that and about a year later Van Meter decided to chase his dream. He hoped on Youtube and started to learn how to play the guitar. He also began attending local jam sessions in Hillsboro. The next challenge was finding a way to get his music heard. Van Meter was put in contact with Scott Mahalick and told him, “If you believe in me, I can be the next Garth Brooks.” Van Meter had no songs, no band, and nothing to offer but his voice. Despite that, Garth Brooks and Scott attempted to contact Van Meter. A missed phone call that he still cringes about.

Van Meter’s career took off relatively quickly and he opened for country stars like Montgomery Gentry. In 2013, he committed to music full-time and played the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival in 2014, alongside artists Eric Church and Blake Shelton. When he started, Van Meter said his songs had a couple hundred streams and downloads per month. By 2015, those numbers were up to more than 100,000.

As Van Meter has seen his popularity rise, he’s quick to point to his bandmates as reasons for his success. “When you have a team as strong as this one, it’s in your best interest to get the hell out of the way,” he said. “My role is to not forget the lyrics and not suck.”

Van Meter hopes his kids and others can see his journey and decide to follow their passion and to not be afraid of failure. “Two things are important, one is don’t wait until you’re ready to do something. If you want to do it, just go for it. I didn’t know what I was doing. Sometimes, you just gotta go for it. The second thing is you’re never too old. I was 33 when I learned how to play the guitar.”

Van Meter will be performing tomorrow night at Sounds of Summer kicking off the summer series. Come join us, and enjoy good music, food, and drinks. Vendors will start serving at 6 pm and the fun will begin at 6:30 pm. His CDs will be on sale both at the info booth, as well as after the concert at the Chamber of Commerce.

“Kurt, you are obviously doing something right. Stay with what works.” – Garth Brooks

Wake Up Wednesday

For the last month now Dallas Chamber of Commerce has been participating in Wake Up Wednesday alongside your business neighbors. During this time we are able to connect with local business, share both struggles, and solutions, and grow as a community.

The Wake Up Wednesday today was hosted by Citizens Bank, and Jake shared with us what is new with Citizens Bank. Recently they celebrated their 60th anniversary of the first Citizens Bank opening in Corvallis. There was even a photo available for their grand opening! Jake discussed how Citizens Bank focuses on their customers and not with meeting a sales quota like bigger banks do. If they do not have the best option for you they will send you to someone who does. In this day and age, such banking transparency is appreciated!

West Valley Taphouse kicked off their Discover Dallas Wine Walkabout Series this last Sunday with over 50 participants. The goal is to partner with local business in order to drive tourism in the area. If you attended Sam would love to hear any feedback you might have. If you are interested in participating in the next Wine Walkabout on June 24th you can find out more information or purchase a ticket on their website discoverdallas.wine.

Washington Street Steakhouse and Pub is preparing for Fathers Day! For breakfast dad can look forward to big daddy chicken fried steak and eggs, porterhouse peppered pork chops and eggs, or slow smoked prime rib and eggs. If dad is a late riser then bring him in to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner of big daddy chick fried steak with mashed potatoes, porterhouse peppered pork chops with baked potato, or a slow smoked prime rib with baked potato.

Tuesday on the Square is getting ready to kick off on June 12th. The City of Dallas departments and community partners such as Pacific Power, West Valley Hospital, and many more will be on the courthouse lawn from 4 pm to 7 pm. They will be highlighting their services with plenty of fun for the whole family; good food, bouncy houses, and lots of giveaways.

MV Advancements is growing! While we love to see Dallas businesses grow it’s left them in a tight spot. They are in need of volunteers for two positions. They are looking for business that are in need of help to place their clients, as well as Assessment setters. If you would like to help with either of these positions please contact them for more information.

Last but certainly not least, Turf ground breaking. We pulled together as a community to make it happen and it all kicks off Monday at 4 pm. Ground breaking will take place at Ron August Field and everyone is invited!

If you would like to meet with your fellow business members, and hear firsthand what is going on in our community then contact the Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing you there, and to our community growing!

Dallas Library Book Sale

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, April 13th from 3pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 14th 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 bookworm 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 opportunities are available to you.