Center celebrating its 34th
The Evergreen Hearing Center will be celebrating its 34th anniversary the week of March 19-24 at its offices at 1024 N.E. Baker St.
During the celebration, those who update their file to include an e-mail address will receive a free pack of batteries. In addition, in-store specials are planned.
Chris Gustafson opened the office in March 1978 on behalf of a local doctor, who dubbed it the Oregon Hearing Aid Center.
He purchased the business himself in 1985 and changed the name to the Evergreen Hearing Center. It is now in its third location.
He said the biggest change over the years has been the one from analog to digital. "It allows us to be more precise in fitting the hearing aids," he said.
Gustafson has been active in professional associations, serving 13 years on the Oregon Governor's Advisory Council on Hearing Aids and doing terms as a president for both the International Hearing Society and Oregon Hearing Society. He holds certification from the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 503-472-8850.
Nominations for individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to green practices are sought for the 2012 Green Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the La Casa Verde winemaker's dinner, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14.
Nominations are due by Friday, March 30. They can be made in the categories of education, business, wine, food and community leadership.
Forms are available at www.vivelacasaverde.com. Nominations can be filed there or e-mailed to Zachary Geary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the awards dinner, La Casa Verda will feature a daylong event at the McMinnville Public Market. Vendors there will focus on green and sustainable efforts.
Musicians will perform throughout. Beer will be served, along with pizzas cooked on an open-fire cob oven built during last year's event.
A tractor-building competition is also planned.
Kits and pre-loaded Habitat for Humanity ReStore cards were supplied to competing vendors. Their mission will be to build a chicken-tractor capable of passing a series of tests.
The tractors will be auctioned off afterward, with the proceeds going to Habitat.
Dell and Linda Miller of McMinnville have released a new book, "Twelve Steps Unlocked."
In the book, the two use their five decades of expertise in treating addiction to define three signature characteristics - a sense of entitlement, a drive to numb pain and a pattern of isolating binges.
"The book introduces a refreshing perspective, offering answers to some of the hardest questions we approach in working on sobriety/recovery in the 12 Steps," Dell Miller said. He said it was written in part by a recovering alcoholic and addict and uses true stories of addicts in recovery to illustrate the workings of treatment programs.
He is the program director for Dependency Solutions, which operates a women's center in McMinnville and men's center in Newberg. Downloadable 12 Step worksheets, additional information and a book-order link may be found at www.12StepsUnlocked.com.
Speakers and equipment demonstrations are on tap during today's Lawn, Garden & Wild Bird Event at Buchanan Cellers, 855 N.E. Fifth St., McMinnville.
The store will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering information about lawn, garden and birding products. Botten Rentals plans to be on hand to display and demonstrate equipment.
Heather Havens of Concentrates Inc. will discuss organic options for lawns and gardens at 2 p.m. Following her will be Leonard Forrester of Pickseed Inc. who will discuss pasture management.
For more information, call 503-472-2610.
:WOMEN IN BUSINESS
The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Women in Business meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Real Deals Home Decor, 900 N.E. Eighth St. It will feature Teresa Shelburne of Interior Matters.
The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non-members, which includes one glass of wine and light appetizers.
Oakwood Country Place, 421 S.E. Evans St., is sponsoring an Easter tulip sale to support its 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, April 6.
The tulips are being supplied by Woodburn's Wooden Shoe Tulip Gardens. To place an order, call Tammi Knobloch at 971-237-1456 or 503-472-3141.
:GRAD NIGHT BENEFIT
Ruby Tuesday, 1101 N.E. Highway 99W, will be donating 20 percent of the sales revenue it takes in between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, to McMinnville High School's Grad Night Committee.
The committee will be hosting a safe, all-night, alcohol-free graduation party for MHS seniors.
Molly Walker, the News-Register's business editor, can be reached at email@example.com or 503-687-1272.