November 29, 2011

Chehalem Cultural Center parking lot

What a facelift! Take a drive along Sherman Street and check out the new pavers in the back parking lot of Chehalem Cultural Center. This part of the parking lot upgrade will took about three days. The spaces are also clearly marked now. The landscaping will blossom in spring.

Update on Fortune Park

Our newest neighborhood park in Dundee
Opening Spring 2012

Chehalem Park and Recreation District is developing a new neighborhood park in Dundee. You can check out the progress now. Fortune Park is named for the Fortune family who made this park possible (Fortune Distributing).

This is the only park CPRD has developed on the south side of 99W in Dundee.

The park covers nearly an acre. It is located at 700 Locust Street, between SE Maple Street and SE Locust Street.

Superintendent Don Clements says the district has wanted to put a park on the southeast side of Dundee for about a decade. Fortune Park will provide a place to throw your Frisbee, play some basketball, picnic or play on the new playground.

When completed, this ADA-accessible park will feature walkways around the east side of the park to Maple Street as well as along Locust Street, a full-sized basketball court, drinking fountain, two picnic tables, and modern playground equipment where children of all ages can climb and spin, and swing.

Until this spring, only the walkway is available for public use. The grass is still trying to grow in. Construction on the basketball hoops and playground equipment will be completed sometime in the spring of 2012.

Pictured is John Fortune and CPRD superintendent Don Clements.

November 28, 2011

Free Intro to Canine Scent-tracking Class

K9 Scent Work is a fun, new activity to do with your dog. This class teaches you how to develop your dog’s natural sense of smell and desire to hunt, using food as rewards. It’s fun, builds self-confidence and burns lots of mental and physical energy.

What do dogs learn in K9 Scent Work?

* A desire to search for something you want them to find.
* A willingness to search for it when you want them to.
* An ability to communicate to you that they have found it.

Come out and try your dog's nose at K9 Scent Work at a FREE Introductory class on Monday, November 28 at 7:30 pm or Monday, December 5 at 6 pm. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for this FREE class Call Susie Waki 503.702.7661 to reserve your spot


* Reservation for the free class are required. Call Susie Waki at 503.702.7661 or email
* Only one dog works at time, so your dog must be safe and comfortable staying in your car between searches
* Bring lots of soft, tasty, bite size treats for your dog
* Bring a 6 foot leash
* A harness works best (not prong or pinch collars)

"Properly trained, man can be dog's best friend"

About the instructor
Susie Waki, CPDT-KA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-KA #2102473
Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator #E750153
AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator #51179
TAGteach Primary Certification
Licensed "Be a Tree" Presenter
Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers #76263

November 14, 2011

Final fall swim lessons

The last of our fall swim lessons kick off the week of November 21st. Last chance for fall!

Small Group Swim Lessons

Chehalem Aquatic Center is currently taking registration for Small Group Session 2-B which begins the week of November 21st. With three children per class this three week, 6 lesson set has a great instructor to student ratio. Morning and evening lessons are available either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs with each lesson being 30 minutes in length. Small group prices from $53/$63. Register early and save $5 per student. Hurry, hurry, hurry, as space is limited; register in person at 1802 Haworth; via phone at 503-538-4813; online at

Private Swim Lessons

Chehalem Aquatic Center is accepting new clients for private swim lessons. Private lessons are a one on one teaching format and lesson structure is modified to meet each clients needs. Private lesson sessions run twice a week (M/W or Tu/Th) for either three or six weeks. Call 503-538-4813 to be placed on the appointment list. Cost is $96 for three weeks.

Home School Swim Lessons

Chehalem Aquatic Center offers swim lessons geared to children who receive schooling at home. These classes are a small group format meeting twice a week for three weeds and are scheduled Tuesday/Thursday afternoons from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Aquatic Center management is happy to work with families with special scheduling requests. Our next session begins November 21st. Preregistration is required; in person (at 1802 Haworth Avenue), over the phone (503-538-4813), or online ( Prices from $53/$6

November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Yoga/Zumba Food Drive

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24th
at Chehalem Armory

Rev up your metabolism with one hour each of Yoga and Zumba, plus help those in need . . . all before you even stuff the turkey. This special one-time class is free with the donation of canned or boxed food.

November 4, 2011

Halloween Decorating Contest Award Winners

The Newberg Downtown Coalition and Chehalem Park and Recreation District are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Business Decorating Contest from Trick or Treat Street. The winners each received a check for $100.00 from CPRD.

* Coffee Cat Coffeehouse - Window category
* Allure Hair Design - Shop category
* Chehalem Dance Academy - People's Choice

Pictured from left to right are CPRD superintendent Don Clements, Allure Hair Design owner Sandra Stone, Coffee Cat Coffeehouse owner Megan Perkins, Chehalem Dance Academy owner Kristin Coates, Newberg Downtown Coalition president Rob Felton, and CPRD board president and Newberg Downtown Coalition executive director Mike Ragsdale.

Teen Hip Hop at the Armory

This class teaches rhythm, coordination, musicality, and hip hop choreography without suggestive music/movements. Students are challenged to think on their feet while enjoying an energetic and fast-paced dance class. Hip Hop develops focus, strength, and agility in a fun environment. Make sure you and your friends are ready for the dance-offs at the middle school dances!

Transportation will be provided from the Middle Schools to the Armory if at least 6 participants sign up for transportation (Maximum 15). CPRD van will pick up at MVMS at 2:40 p.m. and CVMS at 2:50 p.m. Parents must pick up from Armory after the class.

Registration Deadline November 10, 2011. Please make sure to register early.

Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Date: November 15 - December 15
No Class Nov 24
Location: Chehalem Armory Dance Room
Instructor: Emily Broadwell

** Special ~ low ~ introductory rate for 9 class hours **
Fee: In District: $22 Out of District: $27

Basketball Officials Wanted

CPRD is looking for good people to serve as basketball officials for adult, middle school, and youth leagues. Games are during the week and weekends starting mid November thru early March. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, November 17th.

Pay is $12 to $35 per game.

For more information, contact Mark at or Mike at or 503-537-2909.