By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Thompson to exhibit in solo show

McMinnville artist Wendy Thompson has been selected by The Geezer Gallery for a two-month solo exhibit in the Teriwilliger Plaza in Portland

The exhibit will feature numerous originals from the internationally recognized and award-winning artist’s collection of detailed graphite and colored pencil art. In addition, an artist’s reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Plaza, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.

“I am very pleased and gratified to be chosen by the Geezer Gallery for this solo show,” said Thompson. “I presented my work to them only a few weeks ago, and to already have a solo show arranged is quite an honor. It’s wonderful to be connected with the healing work the gallery performs.”

She has worked as a professional artist for more than 12 years.

The Geezer Gallery, a nonprofit, is for artists over the age of 60. Through art sales, economic viability is provided to the artists, with the remaining funds dedicated to workshops and art therapy programs for the elder population.

In addition, Thompson recently had her piece, “New Passage,” accepted for the international Explore This! online exhibition, hosted by the Colored Pencil Society at Of hundreds of applications, 53 were accepted, two of them from Oregon.

Thompson’s work is available locally at Currents Gallery and Incahoots in McMinnville and the Stastny Gallery in Sheridan. Trader Joe’s features her art on greeting cards and the National Wildlife Federation has selected her work for promotional pieces.

Original and limited-edition pieces have been chosen for permanent collections at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill, N.C.,as well as for private collections.

For more information, contact Thompson at 503-472-0266 or the gallery at 503-244-0441.



Dr. Halley Moore has joined the staff at George Chiropractic Clinic.

Moore is a 2003 graduate of McMinnville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Western States College and went on to study at Western States Chiropractic College, where she earned a bachelor of science in human biology and doctorate of chiropractic degree.

The clinic, operated by Dr. Patrick George and his staff, has been serving Yamhill County for almost 30 years. It is located at 1316 N.E. Highway 99W, phone 503-434-6603.



An Easter tulip and daffodil sale will raise money to purchase a large flat-screen television through Oakwood Country Place’s Pioneer Fund, which helps needy residents.

Bunches of 10 run $5. They can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the center, 421 S.E. Evans St.

Flowers are being provided by Woodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip and Daffodil Gardens. Delivery is available to local businesses for orders of more than five bunches.

Flowers can be pre-ordered or purchased on the spot. To place an order or get more information, contact Tammi Knobloch at 503-472-3141 or 971-241-0818.


The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Yamhill County was 8.1 percent, unchanged from January’s revised rate. It was lower than the statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 8.4 percent.

Total nonfarm employment for the county was 30,250, an increase of 320 since February, 2012. Private nonfarm employment is up 350 jobs while the public sector lost 30. Manufacturing has added 270 jobs in the last 12 months, although the construction sector has lost 50 jobs during the same time.



NPC International, the world’s largest Pizza Hut franchise holder, is being sued by employees in five separate collective action lawsuits. The suits, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, allege unpaid “off the clock” work, meeting and training obligations.

NPC owns and operates more than 1,200 outlets, including those serving McMinnville and Newberg.

The Memphis firm of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt is handling the litigation. To view copies of the suits and for other information, visit



The Young Professionals of Yamhill Valley will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce Wine Education Room and Visitors Center, 115 N. College St., Newberg.

At 6 p.m. there will be guests from the Special Olympics Summer Games. The event will be a potluck-style and participants are asked to bring food and beverages for themselves or to share.

For more information, contact Ossie Bladine at 971-237-1397 or visit the website,



Free hearing aid checks will be offered the first Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Parkland Senior Community, 3121 N.E. Cumulus Ave., starting April 3. They are being offered by the McMinnville Hearing Center.

For more information, contact Greg Arnone at or 503-472-5554.



Kendra Lindell, promotions and marketing coordinator with the McMinnville Downtown Association, has published her first e-book, “Lucy’s Milk — Adventures on Walnut Grove Acres,” through uTales, a site featuring digital books for children. The first eight pages of her book can be previewed on the site.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Devo’s Screenprinting, 801 N.E. First St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, for Waste Management Inc., at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 Sheridan St.


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


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