Take A Hike Day

“It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains, deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17th. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Events around the country are scheduled tomorrow to celebrate Take A Hike Day. Hiking can burn between 400 and 550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

We in Dallas are lucky enough to live minutes away from the beautiful Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. With over four trails to choose from you can select the trail best fits you. The Highway 22 wildlife viewing kiosk is a great place to stop to view the hundreds of migrating waterfowl that use the wetlands of Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Canada geese, cinnamon teal, mallards, bufflehead and hooded mergansers are just a few of the species that you will see during the winter months. Look for great blue herons and shorebirds along the water’s edge. Bald eagles and red-tailed hawks can be seen flying over the refuge.

Take a Hike Day was established by the American Hiking society to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be away from it all again. Hiking is something that really helps to rebuild our connection with nature, and helps to maintain healthy hearts and bodies as well.

Hiking should not be an affair that one rushes through, nor should one idle their way through the journey, instead on should listen to their heart and body, and when restlessness strikes head out for the distant hills, and when weariness sets in let the body rest and take in the environment.

Take A Hike Day reminds us that we are creatures of the wild as well as creatures of civilization, and sometimes it does our wild heart good to be taken home again and get out into the wild.

 

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Baskett_Slough/Visit/Trail_Descriptions.html

The Inspiring Story of Independence Grill and Bar & Shop Small Saturday

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is a unique and exciting one. Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill and Bar will be discussing his journey to business man. Downtown Dallas Association as well as the  Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be launching this years Shop Small Saturday.

Independence Bar and Grill is the product of a boys dream from the early age of nine years old. With Gods blessing this dream came true in December of 1998. Independence Grill and Bar is not only a childhood dram, but also a lifelong passion. They are committed to serving their customers and community by providing excellent food at great prices.

“This place is amazing! You can tell the staff all work well together. Food is always perfect. I love how the owner takes time out of his busy schedule to walk out front and ask his customers how the service is and if they are enjoying themselves. This place has become one of our family’s favorite place to eat.” – Rhonda

Their mission is to provide great food, provide great service to their customers, and to be of service to their community.

Shop Small Saturday is a shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. It is a counterpart to Black Friday, and Cyber Monday which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. By contrast, Shop Small Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Help attract customers on Shop Small Saturday and show off your Shop Small pride with posters, email templates, and social posts. They’re free, easy, and available now! Reach out to local small businesses in our community and encourage them to join us this chamber luncheon to pick up their Shop Small Saturday products!

So come down to Dallas Retirement Village to spend an hour with Gregg Peterson, learning how through struggles and obstacles Independence Grill and Bar came to be. We all face challenges in every stage of owning and operating a business. Learn some of the signs that one is approaching, and get suggestions on how to avoid them.   Then join us in the Chapel as we kick of Shop Small Saturday, pick up your goodie bags for shopping, or your merchandise for your business!

Wake Up Wednesday News

Beal Christmas Tree Farm

Beal Christmas Tree Farm is preparing for the holiday season! They will be opening this season the day after Thanksgiving. Beal will be open every Friday through Monday from 9 am to 4 pm. Beal is a choose and cut, simply point at the tree your family wants and they will send out a team to cut, carry, shake, and tie your tree. If it is a family tradition to cut down your tree, it is an available option. For businesses you can have your tree delivered to your office.

The shop is open and ready to help you prepare for the season. Wreaths can be custom made and waiting for you to take them home.

http://bealchristmastreefarm.com/Beal_Christmas_Tree_Farm_2_.html

 

MV Advancements

Job assessment sites needed! What is it? A local business can become a job assessment site by providing the venue for short-term, trial work experiences to individuals in need of career exploration. These job tryouts can vary in time frame from one brief visit up to 120 hours of work that is completed at no cost to the employer. Skill assessments and direct supervision are provided by MV Advancements staff. Individuals participating in trial work experiences are covered under Oregon’s Workers Compensation Insurance, leaving business liability free.

What are the steps?

  1. Say, “Yes!”
  2. A job coach will schedule a time to come in and learn the particulars of the job needing done.
  3. The individual seeking assessment learns and performs the tasks under the direct supervision of the job coach.
  4. Pay nothing

https://mvadvancements.org/

 

Harvest Crossfit

After lasts months YoungPros nonprofit fair they have partnered with Sable house to help provide simple necessities that everyone needs. If you are interested in donating toilet paper, toothpaste, and any other household necessities then grab some on your next trip to the store and drop them off with Harvest CrossFit!

http://www.harvestcrossfit.com/

 

Advocare

Lisa Preston with Advocare is getting ready to hold another Nutrition Class. If you are interest in learning what to eat, what to avoid, and proper portion sizes then come learn from one of the best! It will be held this Sunday, November 11th, at the Iron Jungle starting at 4 pm.

www.YouBeGreater.com

 

Visitors Center

Thank you to everyone who helped Trick N Treat come together. It was a wonderful family and community event with around 1,400 people in attendance. Thank you to our community for the candy donations, and to the hardworking Morrison Campus students! Jason Saunders was our lucky winner of the Chocolate for Charities drawing!

Winterfest is a month away! On November 15th the Visitors Center is looking for volunteers to help with our Winterfest lighting. We will be starting at 5:30 pm at Dallas Fire Department. Pizza will be provided for our helpful citizens!

www.exploredallasoregon.org

 

Chamber of Commerce

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is approaching fast, and we will be continuing this year’s theme “Great things can come from small towns.” Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill will be discussing his journey through homelessness to business owner.

Many children in our community are in need of pajamas to wear at night. For children in the foster care system, that can also mean they are away from home, and away from family. United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is coordinating their 6th Annual Pajama Drive. Working with organizations in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties to provide pajamas for foster children and others needing pajamas. Bring your new pajamas for infants, toddlers, school-aged, and lots of teens to the Chamber of Commerce to donate!

Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is partnering with Christmas Cheer to supply families in need this holiday season with goodies. Bring your jar of peanut butter to our office and help those in need.

www.dallasoregon.org

Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit

On November 6th, from 9 am to 2 pm we will gather at Dallas Retirement Village to grow as business and community leaders. Please join us for the first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

What will the Summit entail?

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.

Tickets are $77 per person.

What community doesn’t need better communication and more revenue?

We sense an urgency for increasing our region’s capacity to build relationships and increase the collective efficacy of the regional community. With that in mind, we are fulfilling our role as a community catalyst by launching the very first Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit.

We will gather on November 6th, 2018, at Dallas Retirement Village, for discussion of how we as business and community leaders, can lead from the front to become a community of outward thinkers and community of understanding. Along with our capacity to work together. We will share some out of the box ways to increase revenue.

We’ll learn 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 attaining contracts to increase your business revenue.

 

Agenda:

November 6, 2018

8:30-9 Check in

9-11:45 Arbinger Institute “The Outward Mindset” –  Arbinger makes the connection between behavior, mindset, and results. They will share proven work that equips people to understand and effect change at the level of mindset to change an organization’s culture, resolve conflict, and facilitate dramatically better organizational results.

11:45-12:30 Lunch (Included in your ticket)

12:30-2 Procurement – How can your business gain resources and contracts for growth?

  • Secretary of State Small Business Advocacy Team – structuring your business, business information and assistance cutting through red tape
  • Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity – the beneftis to becoming certified with the State of Oregon as a women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled Veteran owned, or emerging small business.
  • Department of Administrative Services – the statewide procurement system where businesses can find contracting opportunities.  Get your product or service further than retail and walk in consumers. 
  • Government Contract Assistance Program – provides FREE help bidding and proposing on those government contracting opportunities
  • Department of Human Services-Oregon Health Authority – we buy goods and services, provide businesses with supports and incentives such as employment solutions, and work alongside community partners for sustainable solutions.  It’s not a question of whether you fit in, but where does your business fit in?
  • ODOT – they are much more than roadways… they are industry champions that spend millions with small businesses, how can your business be one of the next ones that ODOT buys from?

2-3 Sponsors, Chamber Executive Team, Arbinger Speakers, Procurement Team EXCLUSIVE Mixer

 

You’ll receive:

  • Valuable insight from trained individuals
  • Outward Mindset Curriculum and practical implementable tools
  • Direct links to attaining contracts for increasing your revenue and how to stay on the radar for more
  • Catered Lunch on site

 

Register now at https://midwillametteleadershipsummit.eventbrite.com/

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.

In November, we will be registering families in need of assistance. As families register they will be matched with our generous donors. Donors can expect to receive their adoption packet no later than the first week of December.

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). Donor registration must be completed and received no later than Thursday, November 29th at 5pm.

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.

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/

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/