July 24 community briefs
County will pass along federal funds for emergency food and shelter
Yamhill County was recently awarded more than $46,750 in federal funds that will be available under the federal Phase 36 Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP), which are distributed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A local board will be responsible for distributing the funds in Yamhill County in an effort to "expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country," a release from FEMA said, adding "The Yamhill County Local Board will determine how the funds awarded are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area."
The grant requires that agencies be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and, if they are a private organization, must have a voluntary board.
The previous rendition of the awards helped a number of Yamhill County shelter agencies, including Helping Hands and Gospel Rescue Mission, as well as food agencies like Yamhill Community Action Partnership. All told, the previous grants allowed the organizations to provide 1,136 nights of shelter and 8,021 emergency meals.
Yamhill Small Woodlands Association slates annual picnic and talk
The Yamhill Small Woodlands Association will hold its annual picnic on July 24, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. and followed by a barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation and tour by Josh Togstad of the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District at 6:30 p.m. The tour will center on four-year post thinning at Miller Woods.
The YSWA will supply burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and table service. Attendees are asked to provide a side dish or dessert.
The Newberg Community Band will host three concerts this summer. Two concerts will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on July 28 at the Old Fashioned Festival in Memorial Park. The last concert will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the George Fox University amphitheater. For more information see www.newbergcommunityband.com or call 503-487-7624.
Harvest Fest on tap in McMinnville
McMINNVILLE -- The Yamhill County Historical Society will host Harvest Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-18 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. The event will feature several vendors as well as demonstrations of vintage farm equipment, horses and mules.
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