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.

Chemeketa SBM Announcement

Are you working long and hard on your business, but feel like you are not getting to everything that’s important? Let the Small Business Management (SBM) team provide additional resources and the support of one-on-one coaching to tackle the things that get in your way. Apply to join SBM where established business owners experience increased efficiency, profitability and support through monthly one-on-one business coaching to meet your individual needs. Discover how to start working on your business-not just in it-through interactive classroom learning sessions. Learn by exchanging ideas with other successful business owners and expert presenters.

The SBM program helps established small businesses find the balance you crave between life and work. It helps you rediscover enthusiasm for your work that you felt when you first started your business.

They don’t talk at you. They don’t tell you what to do. They are here to work beside you and treat you as the expert on your business. They want you to feel empowered to stretch and grow. The SBM program is a safe environment to try new things and share your successes and challenges with other experienced business owners.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program is for established business owners like you who want to run a stronger and more profitable business, and be surrounded by other like-minded business owners. Combining classroom learning with one-on-one coaching, this program is an outstanding way to help you achieve your business dreams.

In fact, businesses in this year’s SBM programs increased sales by nearly $8 million in 2017 to 2018 and created 98 jobs!

You can find more details about the program on their website and see testimonials from other business owners and see specifically how they have help others with their businesses.

If interested, your next step is to complete the application on the website sbm.chemeketa.edu or call to chat with them over the next couple of weeks if you have questions whether this program is a good fit for you.

The Chemeketa Small Business Management (SBM) program kicks off mid-September. At this moment, they have a limited number of open spots for the 2018-2019 program year.

Dallas Summerfest

Dallas is preparing to kick off our biggest event of the year!

We hope you are all excited to see what the community has worked so hard to prepare this year. This is our community’s largest event, with three days packed full of fun. We have coordinate activities throughout town, working with local organizations such as the Dallas Kindness Club, Dallas Rotary, Dallas Fires and EMS and the Dallas Lions to name a few along with downtown business to be a part of this great event

This year we are stepping it up a notch with a re-brand and adding a hometown feel with interactive attractions such as youth art competition, dunk a dignitary dunk tank, an array of local entertainment, BINGO, the parade on Saturday, two large scale concerts to finish each day with, and more! This year’s theme for Summerfest is Black and Orange: Hometown Pride

The Annual Dallas Summerfest Parade is hosted by the Dallas Area Visitors Center and kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, July 28th during Dallas Summerfest. You never know what kind of fun and flashy parade floats that our city will come up with, especially with this year’s theme being Black and Orange: Hometown Pride! Come out and celebrate our amazing community with us!

We are also selling Dallas Summerfest Hometown Pride commemorative pennants for a limited time only! Just $5. We will be selling these pennants Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, as well as our office. Our goal is to sell out and have parade attendees waiving them as the parade participants go by, plus it’s a cool keepsake for years to come.

If you are local business looking to promote yourself the Dallas Summerfest Parade is an amazing opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for the parade and would love to see your company involved. It’s a great day of sun and fun, all while getting your name out into the community. We have applications available online at exploredallasoregon.org, in our office, or available at the information booth during Bounty Market.

The third day of our event on Sunday, moves to the City Park where the Dallas Rotary hosts “Breakfast in the Park” and the “Tom Newton Car Show”, along with the Dallas Arts Association’s “Art in the Park” and the “Polk County Bounty Market”.

We look forward to seeing the community come out and enjoy three great days of fun!

Faith Christian School

Faith Christian School is a ministry of Faith Evangelical Free Church. They have been serving the families of Dallas and the surrounding area for over 30 years! Their teachers and staff members love the Lord and are excited to share their faith with the students. God is the center of all they do.

Students, families, and staff all comment on the special “feeling” of the school. People have often said this is a Christian school like no other. They strive to ensure that everyone feels like family. Former students who are in college often come back and volunteer their time teaching drama, music, art, band, etc. because they love the school so much. They come back to visit often and stay very connected to their teachers. Graduates who have grown and married are now starting to send their own children to school here.

Their curriculum is high level and Christ centered. Their SAT test scores are often extremely high. They expect a lot from our students and they challenge them to do their best at all times. But they are also able to offer help to the child who struggles academically because of the small class sizes.

Character development is very important to them and every year the students are encouraged to be people of integrity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, generosity, etc. Mission’s Week is a favorite activity of the school. They encourage the students to listen for God’s call in their lives. Many students have gone on to do short term missions’ trips and some are serving full time in the mission field.

All students starting in first grade learn computer skills. They begin with keyboarding skills and move on to type all their writers’ workshop papers by fifth grade. They offer preschool through eighth grade. Their teachers are highly qualified and certified through the state of Oregon. They have an excellent teacher to student ratio. They are especially proud of their Junior High worship band. They also offer Chapel, PE, Library, and Computer every week.

These qualities and more make Faith Christian School a great choice. Come and take a look for yourself and see just how wonderful Faith Christian School really is!

Promote Your Business!

The Annual Dallas Summerfest Parade is hosted by the Dallas Area Visitors Center and kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, July 28th during Dallas Summerfest. You never know what kind of fun and flashy parade floats that our city will come up with, especially with this year’s theme being Black and Orange: Hometown Pride! Come out and celebrate our amazing community with us!

We are also selling Dallas Summerfest Hometown Pride commemorative pennants for a limited time only! Just $5. We will be selling these pennants Sounds of Summer, Bounty Market, as well as our office. Our goal is to sell out and have parade attendees waiving them as the parade participants go by, plus it’s a cool keepsake for years to come.

If you are local business looking to promote yourself the Dallas Summerfest Parade is an amazing opportunity. We are currently accepting applications for the parade and would love to see your company involved. It’s a great day of sun and fun, all while getting your name out into the community. We have applications available online at exploredallasoregon.org, in our office, or available at the information booth during Bounty Market.

Wake Up Wednesday News

Johan Vineyard

Coming August 25th Johan Vineyards will be hosting their annual “Dinner in The Vineyard”. Johan Vineyards will partner with Fimbul Nordic Supper Club who will be carefully preparing dishes inspired by the Nordic landscape and ancient Scandinavian traditions, while Johan will pair each course with a biodynamically farmed wine that pays homage to those same influences. The entire dinner is served tin the heart of the vineyard, just before harvest, when the vines are in their full glory. It is an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Space is limited to 30 guests. The menu and ingredients are limited, so please contact Johan Vineyards prior to reservation regarding dietary restrictions. Cost is $160 per person, $145 for Wine Club Members all inclusive. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

 

Pacific Power

Pacific Power presented a check today to the City of Dallas, Mayor Dalton, and the Booster Club. This check will go to the new Turf at Dallas High School that we have all worked so hard as a community to make possible. During the ground breaking of the turn it was announced that for the first time ever the project was completely funded before it began. According to the construction workers this is something that had never been seen before. Why to go Dallas, and thank you Pacific Power for helping to make the new turf possible!

The Solar Power Grants deadline is August 16th, 2018. This is a grant that Pacific Power funds dedicated to promoting the switch to solar power. The funds are available to any service or community building. If awarded the grant Pacific Power will pay a portion or up to the total that it would cost to install solar panels and make the switch. This is a great opportunity if you have been wanting to convert to solar power, but have not had the funding. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

CASA

CASAs Golf Tournament “Fore” The Kids was a great success! They report that they filled almost all of their team slots, and thanks to the generosity of the community had terrific prizes awaiting the participants. Prizes that included a movie night for the family, day at Enchanted Forest, or a romantic night out for two. CASA is now preparing for their second largest event of the year, themed CASA Blanca – Casino Night out! CASA Blanca will be held October 20th, with more details to come. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering then please reach out to CASA to see how you can help.

Wake Up Wednesday

This Wake Up Wednesday we enjoyed a view and a glass of wine at the beautiful Johan Vineyards. If you have never been there before I highly encourage you to take the drive out there. Located near Left Coast Cellers, Johan takes you through their vineyard surrounded by natural beauty. Unique in the area for being the only Norwegian inspired wine Johan offers an exceptional variety that will tantalize anyone’s palette with a menu that is rotated monthly to continuously offer their clients the best of the season. Outside Johan offers a view over looking the surrounding valley that is breath taking. Sit out on their patio, enjoy a glass of wine with some good company, and take a moment to savor the beautiful valley that we are privileged to live in.

Coming August 25th Johan Vineyards will be hosting their annual “Dinner in The Vineyard”. Johan Vineyards will partner with Fimbul Nordic Supper Club who will be carefully preparing dishes inspired by the Nordic landscape and ancient Scandinavian traditions, while Johan will pair each course with a biodynamically farmed wine that pays homage to those same influences. The entire dinner is served tin the heart of the vineyard, just before harvest, when the vines are in their full glory. It is an intimate and exclusive experience not to be missed. Space is limited to 30 guests. The menu and ingredients are limited, so please contact Johan Vineyards prior to reservation regarding dietary restrictions. Cost is $160 per person, $145 for Wine Club Members all inclusive. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

2018 “Dinner in The Vineyard” Menu

Bread Velkomin

Traditional Nordic bread and rhubarb jam

Paired with 2016 Petillant Taturel, Rose of Pinot Noir

Snack I

Mussels, apple and seaweed

Lamb tartar, dill and leeks

Paired with 2010 Traditional Method Sparkling

First Course

Salmon, seaberries, parsnip, and roe

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Visdom”

Snack II

Peas, nasturtium, and beet chip

Paired with 2016 Gruner Veltliner

Second Course

Hay-smoked venison, rutabaga, and whey

Paired with 2014 Pinot Gris “Drueskall”

Snack III

Plum, fresh cheese, and rye

Paired with 2014 Blaufankisch

Third Course

Lamb and cabbage or “farikal”

Paired with 2014 Pinot Noir “Three Barrel”

Dessert

Skyr cheesecake, blueberries, and cream

Paired with 2014 Chardonnay “Noble”

Edward Jones Investments – Kelly Denney

As an Edward Jones financial adviser, Kelly believes that it is important to invest her time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It’s also important to understand the level of risk you are comfortable accepting when investing so you can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Whether you are planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Kelly can work with you to develop specific strategies to help achieve your goals. Together you can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, Kelly is dedicated to providing you top-notch client service

But she is not alone. Thousands of people and advanced technology support her office so they can help ensure you receive the most current and comprehensive guidance. In addition, they welcome the opportunity to work with your attorney, accountant, and other trusted professionals to deliver a comprehensive strategy that leverages everyone’s expertise. Working together, they can help you develop a complete, tailored strategy to help you achieve your financial goals.

Edward Jones offers many account options that let you decide how you work with them. From hands-on accounts that put you in control, to choices with built-in guidance, the decision is yours.

You have specific financial objectives in mind – planning for retirement, creating a college savings strategy, perhaps opening your own business. We have the comprehensive suite of investment products and services you need to turn your goals into reality. Partnering with your financial adviser, you can build a diversified portfolio from a broad universe of quality investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs, while their insurance and annuity products can help to protect your financial future. And if you have specific wealth strategies, trust management or business ownership needs, their convenient financial services off the professional administration options you are looking for.

Come in and speak with Kelly Denney today! Do not wait any longer to start planning for your financial future.

Dallas Rotary Club

Dallas Rotary Club is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in your community. They are an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. The difference they make starts with their members.

With more than 1.2 million members in clubs in almost every country, they are improving communities around the world. As a member of Rotary, they have opportunities to change lives locally and to connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, and promoting peace.

Their largest and proudest effort to date is their work to eradicate polio. They initiated the audacious polio eradication campaign in 1979, by vaccinating children in the Philippines. With the help of their partners, they have since reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent.

They are problem solvers working together to achieve a better world. Their members are deeply ingrained in the communities in which they live and serve, affording them insight into local challenges and access to the leaders, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strategize and take action to make lasting change.

As Rotary members they hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. Community members, community leaders, and other organizations see them out because they know they can trust the Dallas Rotary to be effective partners and deliver on their promises.

Rotary clubs reflect the diversity of their communities and the breadth of viewpoints that comes from their members’ varied professional and personal experiences. For more than 100 years, they have been applying different perspectives to create innovative, sustainable solutions that address the needs and challenges affecting their communities.

Harnessing their unique perspectives and ideas gives the Dallas Rotary Club a shared purpose – one that compels them to take action. They roll up their sleeves, leverage their personal relationships with local partners and businesses, and apply their leadership skill as a way to get the job done and bring to life the changes they envision.

The impact their members make takes shape at Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings allow you to join other passionate, visionary women and men regularly to discuss and act upon community needs. Rotary club meetings are also a place to strengthen connections to friends and neighbors and form meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

Just a Rotary helps you invest in your community, it gives you an opportunity to invest in yourself. Many clubs offer continuous learning opportunities, with a broad range of workshops, conferences, guest speakers, and more – all aimed at helping you grow personally and professionally.

Connect with a Rotary Club today. Rotary members join clubs by invitation. With 35,000 clubs around the world, and others that meet online, Rotary makes it easy to get involved and start making a difference today. Be a part of the Rotary difference. Bring your passion, your perspective, and your purpose to Rotary. To connect with a club in your area and learn more, visit them at www.rotary.org/join.

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