Nov. 29 community briefs
Commissioner will hold sessions on charter
Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla has scheduled a pair of informational/listening sessions in December as he moves forward on the process of initiating a review of the county charter, partially with the aim of expanding the Board of Commissioners to five, elected by districts. The sessions are set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Room 203 of the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St., and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Newberg Public Safety Building, Third and South Howard streets. Kulla said he expects to hold more sessions, including a presentation before the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, but those dates and times have yet to be determined.
Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski, who teaches government at Dayton High School, will give an overview of charters and their purpose at the sessions. Attendees will also be broken down into small groups for conversation.
The city of Newberg will hold an open house community discussion titled "Rent Burden: Causes and Solutions" from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Public Safety Building, Third and South Howard streets.
According to a release from the city, discussion topics will include causes and consequences of severe rent burdens within the city, barriers to reducing rent burdens and possible solutions to reduce rent-burdened households. Following the discussion the city will submit a report to the state's Housing and Community Services Department.
For more information, call the Community Engagement Specialist Lacey Dykgraaf at 503-554-7718 or visit https://bit.ly/332OgkY.
American Red Cross blood drives set in Newberg and St. Paul
The American Red Cross will hold blood drives locally over the next several weeks. Nap's Thriftway at 112 E. First St. in Newberg is first in line from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29. The next is set for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the St. Paul Fire Hall at 4233 Church Ave. A third blood drive will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St.
To encourage individuals to give blood and platelets, donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email, sponsored by the folks at Suburban Propane. In addition, those who donate blood at the Nov. 29 event will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross t-shirt.
According to release from the Red Cross, donors will receive a mini health screening prior to giving blood, including testing blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin. First-time donors will also learn their blood type.
Potential donors can make an appointment online at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Help the VFW erect flags on the streets of Newberg
Newberg VFW Post 4015 is seeking veteran volunteers to assist in its public flag display program along the streets of Newberg, undertaken 12 times a year on national holidays "commemorating important events in our nation's history," a press release said. The time committed to the program, the release said, is strictly on an on-call, as-needed and as-available basis. For more information, call Grover Jones at 503-680-0998.
Church slates Service of Remembrance on Dec. 8
Northwest Christian Church (formerly Newberg Christian Church) will host a Service of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 2315 Villa Road.
"Participants are invited to bring an ornament in honor of a friend or family member who has passed away," a release from the church said.
A short program, a time of remembering and refreshments is on tap as well.
For more information, call Debbie Groat at 503-538-3104.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department began Nov. 19 a specialized enforcement effort concentrating on driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), distracted driving and speeding. A grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact is allowing the department to staff additional officers for what department officials are characterizing as a "focused traffic enhancement."
Pet Pictures with Santa event slated
The Newberg Veterinary Hospital will host Pet Pictures with Santa from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at its 3716 E. Portland Road location. The fundraiser for the Newberg Animal Shelter features photo agencies Nancy Imagery and Lori Ackerman Photography, who "will capture your pets at their best," according to a press release.
"This annual event is a great opportunity to get a professional photo of you and your pet or your pet having a lone moment with Santa," the release continued. A $15 donation is suggested.
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