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Soroptimist program goes online; lap swim resumes at Chehalem Aquatic Center; shop Habitat for Humanity ReStore online

Soroptimists' Dream It Be It program goes online

The Soroptimists of Chehalem Valley's annual Dream It Be It program will take on a slightly different look this year due to the pandemic. According to a release from the nonprofit organization, the program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 13 via the Zoom online conferencing app, high school students a minimum of 14 years old may attend and the club is including two $500 college support fund grants to two of the students who complete the one-day program. That is in addition to extra points earned by attendees toward two $1,000 scholarships from the organization.

The program is designed to provide a curriculum that "inspires students and is fun," the release said. Guest speakers will be local professionals who will share about their careers and how they achieved them. The program will also include a talk by Lynn Montoya, director of PCC Newberg, on the benefits of attending a community college, students can learn on how to best interview for jobs and will receive a "swag bag" with a t-shirt, inspirational books and snacks.

For more information, call committee chairwoman Sally Rice at 650-793-1174 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations are due by Feb. 22.

Lap swim resume at Chehalem Aquatic Center

After a long layoff and slight delay following the opening of the adjacent fitness center, the Jim McMaster Competition Pool at Chehalem Park and Recreation District is open for reservations. Members or drop-in guests can call CPRD at 503-537-2909 between the hours of 5:15 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday to reserve a 45-minute spot, based on availability.

Patrons can use either the 20- or 25-yard pool during their 45-minute window, with openings available between 5:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A maximum of six people will be admitted into the pool at one time per Oregon Health Authority restrictions, with no activities outside of lap swim available until further notice.

For more information, visit www.CPRDNewberg.org.

ReStore open for online purchases

Need a couch, lamp, armchair or rug? How about an axe, sewing machine, a length of rope or a washing machine? If so, Newberg Habitat for Humanity wants to remind people that even though its Meridian Street facility is closed to in-person purchases people can shop via the organization's website at https://shopnewbergrestore.org/.

The store has contact-less pickup and new items are added weekly.

"We are hopeful that life is moving toward our 'new norm' and that we will be seeing you again at our ReStore," a press release from the organization last week said.


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