FISH will distribute Christmas food boxes, MLK observance slated at cultural center, First Federal donates to county charitable groups

Newberg FISH to distribute Christmas food boxes on Thursday

Newberg FISH, a member of the Oregon Food Network, will distribute around 450 food boxes to its regular clients who have signed up this holiday season.

The boxes consist of frozen poultry, potatoes, fresh vegetables and a baking box to make holiday sweets. There are more than 45 volunteers this year who will help at the food giveaway or in distributing food boxes.

Three bus drivers will make deliveries to those who cannot pick up the boxes and a Boy Scout troop will again help dispense the thousands of pounds of food this year. Other donations were provided from throughout the community, including a food drive in the Newberg schools that reaped more than 4,510 pounds.

YCAP donated money to help purchase food not donated. Pick up and deliveries will be made from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call 503-538-4444.

MLK Day set for Jan. 15 at cultural center

The Chehalem Cultural Center will host its annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15. The theme of this year's event is "Be the Dream" and will include music, vocal and dance performances, as well as a talk by Ines Pena, executive committee member of Unidos Building Community.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., the program is set for 6 p.m. and a reception will follow at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call Suzanne Miller at 503-538-7947.

First Federal Donates $20,000 to county

charitable groups

First Federal recently donated $20,000 to Yamhill County charitable groups in honor of two long-time retiring board members, Julie Want and Ron Davison. The donations were presented to Chehalem Cultural Center, Juliette's House, Henderson House, Carlton Volunteer Fire Association and the Yamhill County Historical Society. Want, a retired CPA from Newberg, had served on the board for 16 years; Davison, owner of Davison Auto, had served on the First Federal board for 34 years.

Sandbags available to Newberg residents

With the rainy season descending on northwest Oregon, the chance for flooding is high, but the city of Newberg wants to help out residents. The public works department is making available sandbags and the shovels to fill them from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the department's 500 W. Third St. headquarters. After hours, residents can pick up sandbags at Nap's Thriftway on First Street or on the Main Street side of Jaquith Park. For more information, call the public works maintenance yard at 503-537-1234 or email [email protected]

Holiday blanket and book drive set at First Federal in the county

First Federal has partnered with Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) in accepting donations for new and slightly used blankets and children's books. The donations will be distributed by YCAP to families in need. Last year YCAP delivered more than 540 blankets and 1,200 books to Yamhill County families in time for Christmas. The event continues through Friday and donations may be dropped off any branch location.

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