November 20, 2014

Fitness & Wellness Open House Thurs., Jan. 8

Come to the
CPRD Fitness and Wellness Open House 
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8th
Chehalem Aquatic & Wellness Center


Thomas Jefferson said, “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.”

Chehalem Park and Recreation District is committed to enhancing fitness and wellness in our community. We all know that good health is key to a good life. Park and rec believes that taking care of yourself should be fun, friendly, and not break the bank.

Experience what CPRD has to offer at the CPRD Fitness and Wellness Open House from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 8th.  Watch or try sample fitness classes, take in demonstrations, get your blood pressure checked, chat with a physical therapist. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event, including membership to the fitness center; massage and acupuncture; certificates for free admission to brand new offerings, including classes on healthy eating, adult jazz dance, deep water exercise, and adult swimming; as well as Zumba and Tai Chi; plus prizes from Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.

“It’s easier to keep moving than to stop and start moving again later,” says Karen Maas, part of the fitness center team at Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center. “Staying active and staying healthy will make it a lot easier to mature further and further. Your mental and spiritual aspects will be healthier if your body is healthier. It’s a healthy philosophy to keep active, to eat right, and we have ways to keep active here.”
“Inactivity is the number one cause of morbidity, more than how you diet or other things that you can do for your health,” says Dr. Nathan Phelps, a local physical therapist who offers free monthly events at Chehalem Senior Center. “It all cascades and is the stem of all bad things that can happen to you healthwise. A lot of times, people don’t take care of themselves because they’re taking care of everything else. It’s important for everyone to make time for themselves. You’re better able to tolerate things throughout the day when you’re exercising and moving. Activity lightens your mood.”

CPRD exercise instructors agree. “Tai Chi has helped me get over stressful times in my life,” says Mike Roberts, who teaches Tai Chi with his wife Helen Voong at Chehalem Armory. He says the slow, refined movements help relax muscles and calm the mind while improving balance, strength and flexibility. Mike studied Tai Chi in Malaysia, and taught in Europe for 17 years.
CPRD offers an ever-evolving array of activities and services for health, fitness and wellness. Activities throughout the year include various sports, plus Zumba, yoga, horseback riding, ice skating, gymnastics, and of course, Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. At Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center, take advantage of the pool, hot tub, sauna, plus exercise equipment, personal training and massage therapy. People of any age can take advantage of deeply discounted massage, acupuncture, and foot clinics at Chehalem Senior Center. CPRD offers CPR, First Aid and AED certification classes each month. To learn more, attend the open house Jan. 8th or visit

This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Chehalem Business Connection, a special publication from Newberg Graphic.

November 19, 2014

All-day CARE Thanksgiving week

Our popular all-day CARE will be offered Nov. 24, 25, and 26, with excursions to Safari Sam's, Salem Children's Museum, Critter Cabana and more. For registration, contact us at 503.537.2909 or 503.538.7454, or visit Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center.

November 18, 2014

Sports Victories!

Football - Newberg 5th and 6th grades Blue team defeated West Linn Gold to claim the Perch/Pacific Division Championship Nov. 8 at Aloha H.S. stadium by a score of 20 - 8. Newberg defeated Oregon City 14 - 0 in the series finals, to advance to the championship game, finishing the season with a 9 - 1 record. Congratulations to all players, coaches and parents!

Water Polo - Congratulations to the NHS Boys Water Polo - Oregon HS Water Polo 6A Champions! This is our very own parks supervisor, Jim McMaster's 31st high school state championship as head coach!

November 5, 2014

Basketball officials needed

Basketball officials are needed for adult, middle school, and youth leagues. Games are during the week and weekend, starting mid November through early March. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Pay is $10 - $35 per game.

For more information, contact Mark Martin at or Mike Garrity at or call the registration desk at 503.537.2909.

Download application at under employment, or pick one up at the registration desk at Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center at 1802 Haworth Ave. in Newberg.

Pool renovation and M 36-170

Thank you, voters and Chehalem Pool Committee! As of Wednesday, Nov. 5th, Measure 36-170 stood at 62% Yes and 38% No, in favor of renovating Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center!

Follow results at Yamhill County Elections.

What happens next

  • Election results are certified in Yamhill County Elections Office, and then ratified by CPRD Board of Directors at the next regular Board meeting in January.
  • Internal staff meeting on Nov. 10th with Board counsel to set standards for issuing bonds.
  • Request for Qualifications which Board has already authorized for release is published (to appear in Newberg Graphic on Nov. 12)
  • After RFQ is complete, Request for Proposals will be released.
  • Public information process will invite comments from public on submitted design.
  • Break ground on construction target 2015
  • Open doors 2018
To follow updates, visit our webpage devoted to the pool renovation.  This is still early in the process, but we will be adding all updates to this page.

If you have questions, please contact us at 971.832.4222 or 503.537.2909.

October 27, 2014

Introducing Rachelle Meyer - Dance, Piano, Creative Writing, Light Sabers

Classes starting in November

Classes starting in December
  • Fanfic Creative Writing Club  (Ages 10 - 18)
  • Piano and dance (Ages 4 - 7)
  • Teen/Adult Jazz Dance

Rachelle Meyer has been an artist and educator in the area for nearly 20 years. She began training in dance, including tap, Jazz and ballet at the age of four, and since then has added modern hip hop, ballroom and music to her repertoire. Her instructors include Lynne Marchant at the Marchant Academy of Classical Ballet as well as with several principles of the Bolshoi and Theaters of Russia and James Miller of the Houston Ballet.

 Rachelle is also a published author, and her books can be found under the pseudonym Rosie D. Meyer on She writes Young Adult dystopian fantasy and historical fiction and received her training in creative writing and English Literature at PCC, CCC and through her writing mentors CraigLesly and Randall Beth Platt. PCC and CCC respectively are also where Rachelle studied photography, photojournalism, music theory and piano.

"My philosophy as an instructor is to provide each student with the skills needed to pursue a career in the arts, whether or not they chose to do so. My classes are taught with colors, movement, laughter and fun that not only instills a passion for the arts but is designed to engage both sides of the brain, thus increasing cognitive response and memory. Students will learn but believe they are playing."

October 23, 2014

Register now for Jr. Tiger Basketball

Register now for Jr. Tiger Basketball. Deadline to register is Nov. 14. 

Jr. Tiger Basketball is designed to teach the fundamental skills of the game of basketball, in addition to sportsmanship, discipline, and cooperation in a safe and fun environment. Teams will practice each week as scheduled with their assigned coach. Games are on Saturdays. Each player will receive a uniform shirt.

Who: Boys and Girls in Grades 3-6

Fee: Grades 3-6 $76/$86 early bird discount before Nov. 8

Player Fee: Grades 3-6 $96 $106 after Nov. 7

Additional $20 all ages after Nov. 14 if assigned to a team

Registration ends Nov. 14.

When: Team placement Clinic Nov. 15
Boys - 3rd 8:00am, 4th 9:30am, 5th & 6th 11:00 am, CVMS
Girls - 3rd & 4th 8:00am, 5th & 6th 10:00am - MVMS

Weekly practices begin the week of Nov. 17.

Games begin Dec. 6
Time: Games start times 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
Where: Practice and games at local area schools.

Questions? Contact league Director Mike Garrity through the CPRD Registration Desk at 503-537-2909.