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CASA sets fundraiser, cultural center will hold creative writing contest, band will stage children's concert

CASA to hold annual fundraising event

Yamhill County CASA will hold its annual gala and auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 2 in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 N.E. Third St.

Admission is $75 for a single attendee and $145 for a couple.

Packages in the live and silent auction include weekend lodging at establishments in Newberg, Carlton, Gearhart, Neskowin, Redmond, John Day and Napa Valley, Calif. In addition, one auction item this year is a private tour of A-dec Inc. founder Ken Austin's antique car collection in Newberg.

Registration is one the events page of the CASA website at www.yccasa.org/events.

CASA for Children is a nationwide nonprofit organization that serves foster children who are in the custody of the state and overseen by each county's juvenile court. Trained volunteers from the community get to know the needs of each child and follow them until they are either safely back home or adopted.

CCC will hold creative writing contest

The Chehalem Cultural Center invites children, youth and adults from Yamhill County to submit works of prose or poetry to a creative writing contest. Winning entries may be part of the "Paper Gardens" book produced Arts Alliance of Yamhill County every year, which contains works from writers around the area.

The fiction and non-fiction prose categories have a 1,000-word maximum, while poetry can be traditional, free verse or haiku and is limited to two poems per entry.

Children and youth are free to enter, while adults are $10 per entry. The deadline for entry is March 1. Entry forms can be found at www.ArtsAllianceYamhillCo.org, while questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Band will stage annual children's show

The Newberg Community band will perform "Peter and the Rabbit" for its annual children's concert at 2:30 p.m. March 10 at Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University. The performance will feature music from "Beauty and the Beast," "Star Wars" and more. For more information, go to www.newbergcommunityband.com.

Animal shelter sets 'Wine and Whiskers" for May 4

The Newberg Animal Shelter will hold its annual "Wine and Whiskers" May 4 in the ballroom at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. The event features a wine wall, silent and live auction, appetizers, dinner and dessert. Tickets are $60 a person or $450 for a VIP table for eight, which includes two bottles of wine. To donate items or sponsor the event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TVF&R has opening on Civil Service Commission

The Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District, of which Newberg is a part, has a vacancy on its Civil Service Commission and is soliciting applicants.

The five-member commission oversees TVF&R's civil service system, ensuring that it adheres to uniform standards in hiring, promotion and tenure for employees.

The commission meets quarterly in Tigard to address matters ranging from oversight of actions related to employee classification to examinations, eligibility list management, appointments and appeals. Positions are unpaid and the terms are four years.

According to a release from TVF&R officials, the ideal candidate for the commission vacancy has an understanding of and a commitment to the general purposes of the district's civil service rules; the ability to make quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement; can deal with complex concepts; has a broad perspective.

For more information or to apply, visit www.tvfr.com. Applications are due by Feb. 24

Cold weather assistance available

Youth Outreach is offering free cold weather gear – including coats, socks, gloves, hats and handwarmers – for those in need during the cold weather. Those needing warming gear can stop in at their location on 719 East First St.

Homeless or runaway teenagers can also call the shelter for help at 1-866-538-8023.

Theater troupe will perform the musical 'King'

Newberg's MCO Productions will soon present the musical "King," the biblical story of Saul and David, at locations in Newberg and McMinnville. The show features 20 new songs, dancing, stage fights and live orchestra.

Shows start at 7 p.m. March 1-2 and at 3 p.m. March 3 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, as well as 7 p.m. March 8-9 and 3 p.m. March 10 at the Baker Creek Community Church in McMinnville.


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