By Molly • 

Harvest Fresh purchases Grand Ballroom

Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli has purchased the Grand Ballroom event-hosting business from Denny and Lucetta Elmer, according to Kristen Scofield, co-owner with Susan Sanford. 

Scofield said they plan to continue the operation as is through the end of the year. She said it is already heavily booked with holiday activities on the weekends.

Going forward, she said, they plan to build the daytime, weekday conference and meeting business.

Scofield said Harvest Fresh features full-service catering, and will offer incentives for space rental clients to also contract with them for catering. However, she said clients will be able to use any vendor they choose.

The 5,600-square-foot facility, capable of seating 300, was designed in 1892 for the McMinnville Ballroom Association. It was restored in 2002. 

The ballroom is located upstairs at 325 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville. For more information, contact Harvest Fresh at 503-472-5740.



A free service offered by senior care professionals at Osprey Court in McMinnville, the Home Visit Program, is expanding as the approaching holidays bring a greater risk of depression among seniors.

The original mission for the program, launched in 2009, was handling referals from emergency service providers and social service agencies.

But it is now being made available to the general public. To request a visit for a local senior, one need only call Osprey Court at 503-472-3509.

“Just in the past year, we have conducted more than 70 home visits, so we know the need is significant,” said Executive Director Salina Martinez.

Through the program, family members can arrange for an Osprey Court expert to visit an elderly loved one’s home for a physical and psychological check.

If appropriate, a nurse will also conduct an evaluation to identify any care needs. Emeritus Senior Living, Osprey Court’s parent company, will then connect the senior and family with appropriate resources for assistance. 

“We may bring a hot meal, snack or dessert, and we also offer a listening ear and companionship,” Martinez said. She said the free service reflects a central philosophy at the facility.

“We are committed to the principle of ‘safely somewhere,’ which means that we do what we can to ensure that each senior in the area is residing in a safe environment that meets his or her needs, whether it is in the home or in a senior living setting,” she said.

Osprey Court, which provides care for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other memory-imparing diseases through its Join Their Journey program, is located at 320 S.W. Hill Road.  



The fourth annual Olio Nuovo Festa, which celebrates the olive harvest, runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and continues through Sunday, Nov. 18. It is being held at the Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms, 5700 N.E. Breyman Orchards Road in Dayton.

During the traditional Italian event, which honors the first pressing of artisan olive oil and celebrates the olive, there will be complimentary tasting of olive oil, one type of wine and a light snack. 

This year, four restaurants — Joel Palmer House in Dayton and Paulée, Red Hills Provincial Dining and the Red Hills Market in Dundee — are joining the festivities. They will be featuring a special dish, made with Olio Nuovo olive oil, in their weekend menus.

The Oregon Olive Mill, the first olive processing facility in Yamhill County and the largest commercial olive processing facility in the Northwest, was built in 2008.

The orchard supplying the mill was planted by the Durant family in 2005. The Durants have since expanded it to 13,000 trees on 17 acres.



The Rain Dance Marketplace will hold its ninth annual art festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. 

Author and columnist Gerry Frank will sign his latest book, “Gerry Frank’s Oregon,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

The marketplace is located at 26355 N.E. Bell Road, Newberg. The phone is 503-538-0197. 



Once a year, Tommy’s Restaurant opens on Sunday to raise funds for Legacy Hospice. This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday, Nov. 18. 

Participants will pay the normal price for their meal and Tommy’s will donate all proceeds to the nonprofit hospice organizatioin.

Tommy’s is located at 1947 N.E. Highway 99W in McMinnville. For more information, call 503-472-9685. 



Downtown McMinnville’s monthly Art & Wine Walk is set for Saturday, Nov. 17.

By picking up an Art & Wine Walk passport and having it signed at one or more of the businesses they visit, participants can qualify for a drawing for a gift certificate.

The roster of businesses includes 3rd Street Pizza, Anthony Dell Cellars, Atlas Décor, Currents Gallery, Found Objects, Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli, Inner Oasis Center, Jack of All Beads, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, NW Food & Gifts, Type A Press and the Willamette Valley Wine Center. Several of the businesses have special activities planned, and some will be hosting artists and/or serving refreshments.



Mac Friday, an event which features extended hours and a free gift with a minimum purchase at participating stores, is slated to run 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 16.

Participating retailers, all located in downtown McMinnville, include Accessory Appeal, Atlas Decor, Found Objects, Hopscotch, Jack of All Beads, La Bella Casa, Mac Prescription Shop, Mes Amies, NW Food & Gifts, Oregon Stationers, R. Stuart, Red Berry, Third Street Books, Third Street Pizza, Twelve Wines and Yamhill Valley Dry Goods. 



A weight loss program, Take Shape for Life, will hold a free informational and support meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Cindy’s Gym, 1015 N.W. Adams St.

For more information, contact the gym at cindysgym@gmail.comor 503-472-2541.


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

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