Feb. 28 community briefs
Meetings will explore increasing number of county commissioners
Newly-elected county commissioner Casey Kulla has organized a discussion on the possibility of making the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners a five-person board after the issue arose during the November general election season last year.
The meetings began on Feb. 21 and will continue at 6 p.m. March 13 at West Valley Commons in Willamina and at 10 a.m. April 6 in Beulah Park in Yamhill (weather permitting).
The meetings will be facilitated by Barbara Boyer, a local farmer and elected official.
Casey said he organized the meetings as the behest of his constituents while he was running for office, who kept asking him "When are we going to get a five-Commissioner Board?"
The meetings intend to explore the possibility of increasing the Board of Commissioner's numbers from three to five, what is at issue and what are the possible drawbacks.
"Please join me as I convene a series of meetings across the county, as together we explore solutions to make our County more effective, more responsive, and more representative," Kulla said in a release.
Youth Outreach offering cold weather assistance
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 the organization's location on 719 E. First St. Homeless or runaway teenagers can also call the shelter for help at 1-866-538-8023.
Newberg City Club will host tribal leader
The Newberg City Club's next luncheon forum will feature Chris Mercier, of the Grand Ronde Tribal Council, in a talk headlined "Grand Ronde: A Modern Day Tribe." The talk is set for noon March 5 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St.
Reservations are requested by 10 p.m. March 3 by calling Tina Enomoto at 503-538-1535.
Cost for lunch and the forum is $10 for Newberg City Club members, $15 for non-members. Those members wishing to attend, but not dine, pay $3, while non-members must hand over $6.
Dementia Education & Health Fair set for March 9 in Dayton
DAYTON -- Providence Health Services, in conjunction with Northwest Senior and Disability Services, will hold the Dementia Education & Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at Mission San Martin de Porres, 1407 Perry St.
The event will feature dementia presentations, lottery games with prizes and free health screenings. Organizations represented will be the NWSDS, as well as Providence, the Alzheimer's Association, Worksource Oregon, Easterseals Oregon and NW Donate Life.
For more information, call the NWSDS at 503-472-9441.
McMINNVILLE - The Yamhill County Historical Society will host an event looking at the Celtic heritage in the area. The event, titled "Secrets of the Past," is about Celtic heritage in the Willamette Valley. The events runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. The speaker is Ray Mabey, vice president and athletic director for the Celtic Heritage Alliance.
Youth Outreach creates 'Wise Guys' program
Newberg's Youth Outreach program has started a program to help send boys to college. Titled "Wise Guys," the program is a weekly meeting every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at its 719 E. First St. location. For more information, call 538-8023.
City seeks input via visioning survey
From now until March 4, the city of Newberg is asking residents to participate in an online community visioning survey. The seven-minute survey is available online at https://bit.ly/2SDq8E5 and is a chance for residents to weigh in on the city's future.
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.
Animal shelter sets 'Wine and Whiskers" for May 4