News-Register file photo ## Patrons enjoy wine beside the fire at the 2018 Scene at the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in McMinnville.
Numerous wineries in the area will be hosting events this Thanksgiving weekend – and this weekend, May 19-21, too. November.
During Oregon Wine Country Thanksgiving, special vacation activities are scheduled in tasting rooms and, in some cases, wineries that are not normally open to the public. A list of the participating locations can be found in the Pampering section of today’s news register.
In conjunction with Thanksgiving and other holiday activities, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association sponsors The Giving Season.
Participating wineries will offer special offers to their customers and give back to their communities through donations to the Oregon Food Bank Network and local organizations.
The food truck We Be Cheesy offers its classic macaroni and cheese for serving on Thanksgiving. Each 9 by 13 foil pan of Mac & Cheese is $ 30.
Customers can order until November 21st and pick up food between 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM on November 24th. Orders can be placed through the McMinnville Food Truck Facebook page or by email or SMS.
For orders and more information, write to 971-267-2261 or send an email to [email protected]
The Yamhill County Search & Rescue Team plans to sell Christmas trees to raise funds for their program. 6 to 7 foot Douglas firs are $ 30 each.
The trees will be set up near Harbor Freight in McMinnville Town Center. It is open on the weekends from November 27th to 28th and from December 4th to 5th from 9am to 4pm.
The McMinnville Holiday Market, featuring a host of local makers and artists, is returning for two holiday weekends this year.
The market is open on Friday, November 26th from 10am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday, November 27th to 28th, from 10am to 6pm, then again Friday to Sunday, December 17th to 19th.
McMinnville’s Santa Parade begins Friday, November 26th at 4:30 pm. She’ll be going west on Third Street.
The lighting of the municipal Christmas tree near the library will follow.
Several Yamhill County’s art galleries have special Thanksgiving weekend activities in conjunction with Artists Sunday, a nationwide celebration of the arts.
On site, some of the galleries are planning their events on Saturday November 27th, while others mark the actual day, Sunday November 28th.
Events are planned under:
n The Erin Hanson Gallery, 1805 NE Colvin Ct., McMinnville, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. November 27, open house with music, cheese, and wine.
n The Gallery at Ten Oaks, 801 SW Baker St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27, wine, entrees, and artist on-site.
n McMinnville artist Candice Cameron’s home at 2250 NW Nut Tree Lane, Nov. 28, 9am to 5pm, with a pop-up show and sale.
n The Velvet Monkey at 406 NE Third St., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. November 28, with McMinnville artists Kerrie Savage and Andrea Brown.
Other galleries will be open on November 27th, including:
n Currents Gallery, 532 NE Third St., McMinnville.
n Art Elements, 604 E. First St., Newberg.
n Marilyn Affolter Fine Art, 325 NE Evans St., McMinnville.
Soup for nonprofits
The last two charity soup nights at Elena’s Wine Bar raised $ 450 each. Proceeds went to two non-profit organizations, Homeward Bound Pets animal shelter and Juliette’s House, the Yamhill County’s child abuse center.
Elena’s sponsored soup events on five Wednesdays in October and November. Each week a guest chef prepared soup and selected a charity to benefit from the proceeds.
Gentle Dental, formerly Smile Keepers, is due to reopen this week at its new address at 2275 NE 27th St. in McMinnville.
The full-service dental practice that was previously located downtown is accepting new patients. It accepts all types of insurance, including the Oregon Health Plan, according to office manager Lori Jackson.
For more information or appointments, call 503-472-3147.
The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce won’t have greeters on November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving. For more information, please visit the Chamber’s website, www.mcminnville.org.
The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce will also be taking a break from their weekly greeters programs on November 26th. More information is available at www.chehalemvalley.org.
The Yamhill Enrichment Society, a nonprofit that supports child literacy, offers two types of wine during the holidays.
The sale of 2020 YES Pinot Noir and 2020 YES Pinot Gris will benefit the Yamhill County Imagination Library. The program distributes books to children from birth to 5 years of age.
The YES wines are produced by the Sokol Blosser winery. They cost $ 25 a bottle.
For more information or to make a purchase, call Sarah Lessen at 503-883-9654 or email [email protected]
Alt Coworking has expanded its scope to include a second area with half a dozen more private offices for remote workers and small businesses.
The original section of Alt Coworking opened at ground level at 609 NE Third St. in August. The new section is on the second floor of the KAOS building, one block east on Third and Galloway, with access by elevator or stairs from the Galloway side.
The location on the second floor gives the offices a view over Third Street. Each office can be closed by a door with a glass insert, which leads to a communal area that also includes four desk workstations.
The suite also includes a bathroom, kitchen and snack bar area, as well as a large conference room that can be rented separately or used by office customers.
“This is nice for people who have a lot of clients or who need to discuss sensitive material,” said Casey Hostetler, founder of Alt Coworking.
She plans to convert a seventh office in the KAOS building into a media room that could be used for videos, podcasts or other projects.
Rental space is still available at both of the old coworking locations, she said.
For a tour or additional information, call Hostetler at 503-583-2605 or email [email protected]
Oregon’s unemployment rate rose 4.4% in October, compared with 4.7% in September, according to state officials. The October rate is one of the lowest since the state began keeping records 45 years ago.
However, the rate was lower from November 2016 to March 2020 and even fell to 3.3% in November and December 2019 before rising steeply in March 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic.
The leisure, hospitality and professional and business services sectors each created nearly 3,000 jobs in October, increasing growth in September. However, they have not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.
Other sectors that created at least 1,000 jobs in October were construction, manufacturing and wholesale.
However, the government cut 5,600 jobs and government recruitment fell well below seasonal norms.
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