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A piebaking contest is part of Newberg Dodge's increasing outreach to the community

As an extension of its efforts to connect with people in Newberg and the surrounding area, the Newberg Dodge car dealership is hosting a pie baking contest on Nov. 23.PMG FILE PHOTO - Newberg Dodge will host a piebaking contest Nov. 23 at its Portland Road facility.

Bob Lanphere's Newberg dealership – which sells Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram vehicles – is looking to mend its relationship with the community and put on fun events with sizeable prizes. Last month, the dealership hosted a pumpkin carving contest leading up to Halloween and gave out a $500 gift card to Cabela's for the carver with the best design.

The pie baking contest is next up in a series of events that the dealership is planning, according to finance director Hollie Lanphere – the founder's daughter. Lanphere recently moved to Newberg with her family after working at the company's Beaverton dealership for 10 years.

"My (understanding) from people in Newberg is that the dealership didn't have a good reputation in the community," Lanphere said. "We've cleaned house, we have all new people and I'm here helping run the store. I thought about ways to get involved in the community and let people know that we're here, we're family-owned and we want to change our perception."

Pies submitted for the contest must be baked in a sanitary kitchen and be made from scratch. Contest participants are required to bake two pies, which will be split up into smaller pieces for the people in attendance (the event is open to the public). Pies will be judged on overall taste and will be judged on a first come, first serve basis.

According to a list of rules provided by the dealership, "each participant will need to register by Nov. 21st by emailing Hollie Lanphere at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will need to provide the following information: Name, phone number, email, what kind of pie you are entering, and how you heard about the contest."

Approximately 10 people are already signed up for the contest, with more welcome to sign up with the aforementioned information. The overall winner will take home a "Taste of Wine Country" package, which includes three $100 gift cards to local restaurants, including The Painted Lady, Subterra and Recipe, along with $200 cash.

Future events on the docket for Newberg Dodge will potentially include a chili cook off around the time of the Super Bowl, along with a "meet your neighbors" event for local businesses to set up booths and meet the community. All of these events are part of a larger effort, Lanphere said, for Newberg Dodge to make inroads in a community that it needs to regain trust in.

"The pumpkin carving contest was great and we got a lot of feedback from that," Lanphere said. "Plenty of people came in to vote, jump in the bounce house we set up and have fun. We wanted to bring everyone together for a fun event like that.

"We want these events to be fun and we're not asking anyone to buy anything. We just want people to know that we're here, we're in the community and we want to get our name out there."

Arts & Leisure briefs

Gallery Theater will stage 'Beauty and the Beast'

McMINNVILLE -- Gallery Theater troupe will premier "Beauty and the Beast" with a dozen performances beginning Nov. 22 on the main stage at its location at 210 N.E. Ford St. Showtimes for the play, directed by Seth Renne, are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 15. Cost is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. The theater advises that the play is not suitable for children less than 5 years old.

For more information or for tickets, call 504-472-2227 or visit

Get to know your wild mushrooms better

The Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will hold a mushroom identification and foraging class at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library, 225 N.W. Adams St.

Rachel Zoller, a member of the Oregon Mycological society, will share information about mushroom identification, foraging and fungal/plan associations. A social time will begin at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newberg Community Band slates concert at Bauman Auditorium

The Newberg Community Band will perform classical pieces by Moazart and Bach, as well as marches from John Phillip Sousa and John Williams in November. Additional pieces will include "A Childhood Remembered" by Galante, "Dancing on Water" by Ticheli and some patriotic favorites. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University.

For more information, call 503-487-7624 or visit

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