Love Note Day

Almost as old as the first written language, the love note historically has been one of the most romantic ways to tell that special person how you feel about them. However, with the fast pace of our modern day lives, the art of writing love notes and exchanging them with one’s sweetheart is slowly dying. Love Note Day aims to change this and is held on September 26th.

A love letter or note is a way to pen down one’s deepest feeling about another person. It does not have to be romantic or sappy. It can convey a vast selection of emotions, from adoration to anger, from joy to sadness, and from admiration to disappointment. This day can be at its most effective when the recipient of the message isn’t aware that Love Note Day even exists. Consequently, a loving message will come as a pleasant surprise, and just be what they need to hear.

So walk away from your computer screen, bring out the scented paper, the fanciest pen you have, and find yourself an inspiring place to sit and get cracking on that love note. Give it to your sweetheart, perhaps during a nice meal or while on a walk in the park. If you don’t have time to hand write your love note, maybe you could sent your love a nice email that says how much you love and appreciate them. Leave some love notes around your home for your loved one to find. Hide them in their lunch or their gym bag, stick the note to the bathroom mirror, so that’s the first thing they see in the morning, or quietly slip it into their pockets before they leave home. It doesn’t have to me someone special. Who says a love note can only be for a romantic partner? Send a note to a friend or a family member to tell them how much you love them. Read love notes and letter written by famous people – maybe they will inspire you to write one of your own.

 

Did You Know…

The oldest surviving Valentine’s Day love letter in the English language dates back to 1477? Called the Valentine’s Day Love Letter, the note was written by Margery Brew to her fiancé John Pasto.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Harvest CrossFit

The idea of jumping into a CrossFit class with other experienced practitioners can be intimidating. Harvest CrossFit hears you, and understands. Another Beginner Class will be kicking off Monday, September 24th. 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 or Tuesday and Thursday at 7 am. If you are interested in joining please fill out a simple survey on www.harvestcrossfit.com.

 

CASA

CASA has another big event coming our way, Casino Night: CASA Blanca. Come enjoy a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and gaming in support of Polk County’s Children. Team Casino will be running the tables with catering by Wild Pear. CASAs guest speaker is Marilyn Jones director of the State of Oregon Child Welfare Programs. This is an excellent chance for a fun date night with the money going to a terrific cause.

 

Citizens Bank

It with a heavy heart that we prepare for Susan Morill, Branch Bank Manager, to retire. While we wish her the best, and look forward to seeing her outside of the bank we will miss her daily presence. Citizens Bank will be holding a Retirement Party for Susan on Tuesday, September 25th at 8:30 am. Please join them as they celebrate Susan’s next phase in life.

 

West Valley Tap House

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!

 

Dallas Area Visitors Center

We are looking for vendors who would like to participate in Trick or Treat. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the families in our community, as well as get your business out there. Trick N Treat is a unique event for our community as it is organized by the students at Morrison Campus. Come support their hard work on October 31st!

Winterfest is in need of a committee! If you enjoy planning events, or have some fresh ideas to bring to the table then please join us. We would love to hear from the community what you would like to see!

 

Dallas Area 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.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Once upon a time — on June 6, 1995, to be precise — John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball, not well but gamely. It wasn’t their intention to become “the pirate guys.” Truth to tell, it wasn’t really their intention to become anything, except perhaps a tad thinner and healthier. As they flailed away, they called out friendly encouragement to each other -“Damn, you bastard!” and “Oh, jeez, my hamstring!” for instance – as shots caromed away, unimpeded by their wildly swung rackets.

On this day, for reasons they still don’t quite understand, they started giving their encouragement in pirate slang. Mark suspects one of them might have been reaching for a low shot that, by pure chance, might have come off the wall at an unusually high rate of speed, and strained something best left unstrained. “Arrr!,” he might have said.

Who knows? It might have happened exactly that way.

Anyway, whoever let out the first “Arrr!” started something. One thing led to another. “That be a fine cannonade,” one said, to be followed by “Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm!” and other such helpful phrases. By the time their hour on the court was over, they realized that lapsing into pirate lingo had made the game more fun and the time pass more quickly. They decided then and there that what the world really needed was a new national holiday, Talk Like A Pirate Day.

First, they needed a date for the holiday. As any guy can tell you, June 6 is the anniversary of World War II’s D-Day. Guys hold dates like that in reverence and awe so there was no way they could use June 6. Mark came up with September 19.

They also decided that the perfect spokesman for their new holiday was none other than Dave Barry himself, nationally syndicated humor columnist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. So, naturally, they forgot all about it.

For seven years they celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day pretty much on their own, with their friend Brian Rhodes actually reminding them that the event was coming up. Frankly, they usually forgot exactly when Talk Like a Pirate Day was supposed to be or even that there was such a thing. Brian is one of those guys who programs every important event into his computer so that a reminder pops up the day before. John and Mark may be the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day, but Brian is certainly the godfather.

Things would probably have continued indefinitely on that low-key note until John, Mark and Brian were little old pirates in the Home for Retired Sea Dogs. They had a national holiday that almost nobody knew about, and they were content with that.

Except for one happy accident. One day in early 2002, John chanced upon Dave Barry’s e-mail address. Dave Barry is syndicated columnist and the author of between four and 6,000 books and the second funniest man in the universe. They were two guys (three if you count Brian, and that seems only fair,) but Dave is like a whole parade with brass bands and elephants. They reasoned that Dave would be able to bring attention to Talk Like A Pirate Day in a way that Mark and John (and Brian) wouldn’t be able to if they lived to be 200. Ambition suddenly burned bright, and sending e-mails is a very easy thing to do. Which is why they finally got around to contacting him.

The first e-mail introduced themselves, and told him about their great idea — Talk Like a Pirate Day. They knew he wouldn’t be able to resist. Then they offered him the only thing they had, the chance to be official national spokesman for the event. They clicked the send button, casting their bread upon the water.

Surprisingly, they had an answer in a matter of days. It’s a great idea, he said, but then he asked the fatal question. “Have you guys actually DONE anything about this? Or are you counting on me to carry the ball here?”

Very perceptive of him. The way they answered would be crucial in bringing Barry aboard. They decided on the truth, with a lot of kissing up thrown in. “Well, we’ve talked like pirates every Sept. 19, and we’ve encouraged our several friends to,” John wrote in reply. And Mark put it in perspective when he wrote, “We are dinghy-sized-talk-like-a-pirate kinda guys, but you, Dave … you are like a frigate-huge-sized-talk-like-a-pirate kinda guy.”

In early September, John got a phone call from the feature editor at the local paper, someone he had worked with for several years before leaving the newspaper business. She sounded confused. “John, I was editing this week’s Dave Barry column and it’s about … Is this you?”

It was. The nationally syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning writer of “distinguished commentary” became convinced of the great potential of such a holiday. He had written the column.

Thus, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born.

Dallas Glow Run

October 15th 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.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 14th 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!

If you have any questions, wish to sponsor, decorate, or participate you can click on the link below for more information. You can also reach Sheila Pierce at City Hall.

 

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

Eat an Extra Dessert Day

September 4th is Eat an Extra Dessert Day, a day that encourages people to treat their sweet tooth with a second helping of dessert. It is unclear who created this awesome but unofficial holiday, but we think that whoever it was, deserves a big slice of cake.

An extra dessert should be eaten sometime during the course of this day. Desserts are usually a sweet course served after the end of a meal. While in the past typically this meal took place at the end of the day, in modern time’s desserts can accompany a mid-day meal as well. Desserts are also known as sweets in many part of the world.

The word “dessert” is derived from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. Fruits and honey were probably the first sweeteners used in food, and the dawn of desserts was bolstered by the expansion of the use of sugar. Sugar was in use in India before 500 BCE, and through trade it arrived in places such as Macedonia and China over the next thousand years or so. It wasn’t until at least the 12th century that it arrived in Europe. During the Industrial Revolution desserts began being mass produced, and they were able to be processed and preserved in new ways, which increased their popularity.

Indulge yourself in a little extra dessert on this day, and inform everyone you know about this happy holiday. We are convinced that it will soon become everyone’s favorite made-up holiday. Try a dessert popular in another country, or plan a trip to one of the best dessert spots in the United States. Make your own desserts, and then share them with friends, family, and co-workers. But don’t get carried away, as to be true to the holiday, you should really only eat one extra dessert.

As with anything in life, we would recommend balance. Tomorrow balance the extra dessert with a little extra exercise. We have wonderful gyms, and activities to try here in Dallas. Try something new! Stop in a Harvest CrossFit to learn about their brand of exercise, go to a yoga class at Chateau Bianca. If classroom style is not to your liking then try one of the three gyms conveniently located downtown.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it to? Not us.

 

Take Your Pants On A Walk Day

July is great for going to the beach and watching fireworks, but apparently it is also good for… taking your pants for a walk?! That is right – July 27th is Take Your Pants on a Walk Day. A whimsical name for a good day. Celebrated each year this day is a day to get outside and go for a nice walk. It makes sense that where you go, of course your pants will also go.

There are many jokes and cartoon drawings about putting your pants on a leash and actually walking them as you would your pet. We guess that one could do that, however, we would recommend make sure that those are extra pants from your closet and that you are wearing some while on your walk.

Today is about getting out and getting exercise. Make it a fun time with your friends. Take a nice walk along the river, or through the park and enjoy the outdoors, while at the same time, getting the health benefits from your walk, maybe even take your camera with you!

This year Take Your Pants for a Walk Day is easy for us Dallas residents, and the surrounding community to observe. Tomorrow is also the kick off for Summerfest! Come down to the Courthouse lawn and show off your hometown pride. Tomorrows schedule starts with the Willamette Valley Greeters with networking and shopping opportunities for local Chamber business owners. Vendor booths, BINGO, and activities with the National Guard start at 10 in the morning and goes all day until the concert. Throughout the day we will have local entertainment on stage such as Parkside Self Defense, Clouded Skies, and LuAnn Ritts. Starting at 12:30 come down and dunk a dignitary in the dunk tank. Dallas Fire Department will be holding a Waterball Competition at 6 pm. To finish off this great day of fun Ants In the Kitchen will be playing at the Academy stage from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Can you think of a better way to enjoy the summer weather, and take your pants on a walk? Neither can we. Come down, dunk a few people, explore the vendors, and visit with the community.

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Pokemon fans to Final Fantasy nerds, LARP’ers to Medieval Reenactors, rise up and be proud! Don your Lyre Pipe hats and your rattan swords, polish up your gunblades and bundle up your pokeballs, Embrace Your Geekness Day is for you! No matter what your fandom or what impassions you to creativity and brings skip to your step, cry it loud and proud! The Geek and fan community is truly one of the most amazing and creative groups out there, and every year more geeks are crying their fandoms loud and proud.

What exactly does it mean to be a geek? Well, definitions differ (and believe me, you don’t want to look up the Victorian age definition of a geek) but in today’s world it just means one thing. A geek is completely obsessed with one or more subjects, and can speak fluently on it for hours, sounding like a walking encyclopedia of geeky facts.

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud. Geekdom brings people together, whether they’re sharing their love of a mutual fandom, or talking about their individual fandoms to inspire others to check it out, they love community. Some of the most amazing costuming and tech gadgets have been put together by people inspired by the shows, stories, and games that they love. That’s the power of being in touch with your imagination, and that’s what Embrace Your Geekness Day is all about.

If you have a fandom you’ve been hiding in a closet, don’t let it sit there unloved anymore. Get out into the world and wear your favorite shows t-shirt, talk to your friends about the stuff you love, maybe even try an arts project. Don’t restrain yourself to just comic books, dungeon games, and mangas. What are you passionate about? People, animals, sports? Embrace it. Embrace Your Geekness Day reminds us that we’re not alone in our Geekness, and the world is a better place for our bright showing of imagination, creativity, and pride. Now get out there and get your geek on!

14 Memorable TV Geeks for Embrace Your Geekness Day:

  1. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
  2. Steve Urkel from Family Matters
  3. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
  4. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation
  5. Dexter from Dexters Lab
  6. The Kids from Stranger Things
  7. Liz Lemon from 30 Rocks
  8. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell
  9. J.D. from Scrubs
  10. Abed Nadir from Community
  11. Dwight Schrute from The Office
  12. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  13. Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World
  14. Eric Forman from That ‘70s Show

Freedomfest 2018

Independence Day 2018, also known as Fourth of July, is a federal holiday observed yearly on July fourth. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1776.

The history of Independence Day 2018 dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, 1775-17783. In June 1779, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare independence of the United States from Great Britain. On July 2, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 and most have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as it is commonly believed. The holiday remains to be celebrated on the fourth of July. Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

Dallas will once again be celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way; Freedomfest! We invite you to join us Wednesday for a spectacular day and evening for family fun as we recognize our service men and women with a pickleball tournament, BBQ competition, beer garden, vendors, non-profit hosted games, field games, music, food trucks, bingo, and of course the first-rate fireworks show at dusk. All activities will be held at the Roger Jorden Community Park. Dallas Fire and EMS Department will light off the show from LaCreole Middle School. Citizens are encouraged to grab their chairs, blankets and family for the celebration. Come down early to pick your spot!