By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Grocery Outlet holding July food drive

McMinnville’s Grocery Outlet is holding an Independence from Hunger food drive the month of July. All food and cash netted in the drive will be donated to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership’s regional food bank.

Owners Ed and Sheryl Ryker said they are proud to take up the challenge to help combat hunger in the community during the summer, which is typically a slow time for donations. “As local business owners, we are always looking for ways to make a real difference in the lives of those who live and work within our community,” the Rykers said.

This is the third year Grocery Outlet stores have conducted campaigns for the communities they serve. Last year, the local store alone filled 20 barrels of food valued at $3,000.

The store will feature specially marked high-need items that can be placed in collection bins in front. Cashiers will also accept cash donations at checkout.

Outside activities will be staged from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. A hot dog and drink will be offered for $1 and local products will be given away.

The drive will be capped with a raffle on Saturday, Aug. 3, for all customers having made donations of $5 or more. For more information, contact the store at 503-434-4490 or



Thirty-seven local businesses have signed up to participate in a “Where’s Waldo?” promotion in July.

“Find Waldo Local in McMinnville” cards will be printed up with participating merchants’ names on them. Participants are asked to get their cards stamped at 10 or more participating stores, then drop them off at Third Street Books for entry into a prize drawing.

The are more than 50 million “Where’s Waldo?” children’s books in print. The series was created by Martin Handford in 1987.

There is no charge to participate in the local event. For more information, contact Third Street Books at 503-472-7786 or



Lisa Marie Presley is headlining a series of charitable music, food and wine events scheduled this summer at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, 15771 N.E. Ribbon Ridge Road in Newberg.

The opening event, set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, will feature Leroy Bell and His Only Friends. Dinner fare will be provided by chef Paul Bachand of Recipe.

Tickets are $300 per couple, which includes a bottle of fine wine and luxury transportation to and from the event from Lake Oswego or Portland. All proceeds will go to Friends of the Children.

Subsequent concerts, both fundraisers for Salud!, which underwrites health care for seasonal vineyard workers and their families, will run $100 each. Lori McKenna and Stephanie Schneiderman will be featured Aug. 11 and Lisa Marie Presley Aug. 27.

Outdoor picnic fare will be provided by Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place and Imperial. For more information, contact Penner-Ash at 503-554-5545.



“Starting the Conversation,” a free program to educate families about how to partner with loved ones during the aging process, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Brookdale Senior Living’s The Villas, 775 N.E. 27th St. in McMinnville.

Door prizes will be raffled off. For more information, contact Lara Egle at or 503-472-3130.



A free summer kick-off community barbecue will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, July 2, at the You’Nique Beautique Salon at 520 S.E. Baker St.

In addition to food, the event will feature live music by Seaons, an indie rock band from Southern Oregon, along with a local artists’ table and a hair and nail care table. For more information, contact Bekka McCaw at 541-326-9307.



Operation Backpack, which collects school supplies for families in need, will be the beneficiary of a Second Tuesday fundraiser July 9 at Serendipity Ice Cream, 502 N.E. Second St., McMinnville. One-quarter of sales that day will go to the program.

For more information, contact Maria Mihm at or 503-560-0270.


Three companies with local operations made the Portland Business Journal’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. They are Gorilla Capital at #78, Cellar Ridge Construction at #92 and Dutch Bros. Coffee at #95.



Due to the July 4 holiday, McMinnville’s Downtown Farmers Market will take the week off, according to Manager Courtney Harris. The market will resume July 11 on its normal 1 to 6 p.m. schedule.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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