Fall Festival of the Arts!
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber Of Commerce is delighted to be hosting the 2015 Fall Festival of the Arts. The Festival spans events in Troutdale and Cascade Locks, Oregon, from Friday, October 2nd, through Sunday, October 4th. Saturday is the keystone of the Festival, with art, music, wine, and food in Troutdale, Oregon, all centered around Glenn Otto Park by the beautiful Sandy River.
- Regional fine artists will be displaying their work for sale in the Sam Cox Building at Glenn Otto Park by the Sandy River.
- A Quick Draw event is slated for afternoon, with twenty artists completing a work in 90 minutes in front of a crowd of on-lookers. The completed works will be offered at live auction in the evening.
- Art Challenge artists will be interpreting the 2015 theme of "Rock"
- All live and silent auction proceeds, plus Festival booth sales, will support the artists, and benefit ALSO's Soaring Hearts art program, and the Chamber's support of the arts in our region.
The Fall Festival Of The Arts is a West Columbia Gorge community event, bringing together artists, civic leaders and business owners, studios and workshops, and, of course, locals plus visitors to our region, in a weekend that celebrates the thriving Arts scene in our beautiful Gateway To The Gorge.
And while youre in Troutdale, stop by the Troutdale Historical Society Barn Exhibit Hall, 732 E Historic Columbia River Highway, featuring the King of Roads celebrating the Historic Columbia River Highway. For more information, please call 503-661-2164.
Drum Roll Please...
In late 2014 we presented our newest reveal, the all new 2015 F-150 with its military-grade aluminum alloys, not only enhancing the durability and fuel economy, but also shaving as much as 700 pounds off the curb weight. Well, heres whats next:
Coming in 2017, its an all new Super Duty!
The Super Duty is one of the reasons Ford can claim that for the last five years, its F-series trucks are the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. Private customers as well as businesses and all levels of government rely on heavy-duty F-series trucks to get their dealings done, so this is an important vehicle to the Blue Ovals bottom line. Also of major consequence: It will adopt aluminum body panels like its little brother, the new-for-2015 F-150. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 will be carried over intact, since it was overhauled for 2015 to the tune of 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque. Whats certain is that with less weight to lug around, the engines will be able to do truck tasks a lot more easily, and an increase in tow ratings is sure to come.-Steve Siler, May 2015, Car and Driver
So, as of yesterday, the 2017 Super Duty is on its way! Let us know if youd like to get acquainted up close and personal with one of these amazing vehicles here at Gresham Ford! Our friendly, professional and knowledgeable sales staff can help, Monday – Saturday 8am-8pm, and Sundays 10am-7pm. Give us a call, 503-665-0101! We cant wait to show off Fords newest creation!
YOU CAN STILL REGISTER ON RACE DAY...
Bring your family and friends and join us this Saturday, September 12th for the 1k kids run, 5k, 8miler or half marathon at Mayors Square in Troutdale, OR as we help NW Pregnancy Resource Centers go mobile with ultrasound clinics. Its going to be awesome, you dont want to miss this!
Insight Ultrasound, Oregons first ever mobile ultrasound, was commissioned in March 2014 for use by Portland Pregnancy Resource Center. One day a week, the van can be found at Portland State University, and three days a week in the North Portland area, offering hope to women in need.
Over 850 people came to this race last year and funds raised have allowed them to partner with an additional pregnancy resource center that went mobile in 2015. This will be Oregon's second mobile ultrasound unit! To learn more and donate go to www.guardianproject.org.
On another note, the Gresham Rotary Steak Fry will be held on September 16th at Mt Hood Community College Vista Dining Room. In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.
Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member. For more information go to www.greshamrotary.com.
So, come on down to Troutdale on Saturday and watch or join in the race and then on Wednesday enjoy some great food and entertainment! Fun to be had by all and much needed funds raised for some great causes as well!
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
And along with this yearly celebration come many great deals from dealerships and retail businesses nationwide. That being said, car dealers everywhere all pay the same for their new vehicles, and also, all the rebates and incentives are the same no matter where you go. Im sure youve all seen the flashy TV ads from other dealerships, spouting the greatest deal of the century, but in all honesty, no matter what dealership you would walk into, you could get the same deal.
But remember, when you shop locally at an independent local dealer, like ours, you make a difference in your community as we pay it forward to places like, SnowCap, My Fathers House, Portland Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels and many more.
So, like all the other dealerships in the country, Gresham Ford has some smokin deals going on now through Monday, September 7th. For example, 0% for 72 months PLUS rebates (on selected models). Now thats a Labor Day sale!! Come on down, shop local, save money, have an awesome car buying experience and pay if forward locally!
"Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others." - Henry Drummond
Based on this statement there must be lots of happy people at the local Cornerstone Church which meets weekly at Powell Valley Elementary. The school is in my neighborhood and it made me smile as I drove by on Saturday the 15th -- there were lots of volunteers working, with lots of donated equipment to clean up the school in readiness for the children that will be returning soon. I thought gosh wouldnt it be great to take them some cookies or something but then I had lots of errands to run and that did not happen .so in lieu of cookies, here are my words – Thank YOU!! We are in debt to all that take time to do this for our kids ---they even planted some pretty flowers in the front!
This is an example of what happens around our community all the time .some great other examples are the beautiful Japanese Gardens at the City Park – hours and hours of community volunteerism have made these gardens a local showplace. And the Arts Festival was staffed by over 50 volunteers from Greater Gresham Baptist Church. The event could not have happened without all these volunteers.
So while I did not slow down long enough to bake cookies to thank those that volunteer, the sentiment is there nonetheless and I know I speak for everyone at Gresham Ford when I say the sincerest THANK YOU for all the hours spent you (those mentioned and those not mentioned) have spent volunteering to make our community a more beautiful and welcome place.
Tips for staying cool with your vehicle this summer
Last year was the hottest summer on record, and heat and humidity are again bearing down across the United States. Heat waves on both coasts are contributing to shattered weather records already this year, with 31 cities and towns across the country posting the hottest June temperature ever recorded. While driving to and from the office, or with your family on the weekends, your vehicles air conditioning is a luxury many take for granted.
Tips to remember on your daily commute:
When you first enter a hot vehicle, lower the windows completely for a few minutes to push out hot air.
Use the max A/C button to quickly cool down the vehicle.
If you get too cold, dont switch the unit on and off; adjust the temperature or fan speed to help keep the temperature consistent.
Too cold in the front, but still not cool enough in the back seat? Instead of shutting the A/C vents in the front, redirect them to the ceiling or sides of the vehicle to keep air flowing to the rear.
Parking in the shade whenever possible or using a reflective windshield shade can dramatically reduce heat buildup in your parked vehicle. Cabin temperature at startup will be much lower, and temperature comfort will be achieved much sooner on your drive.
So, before you head off for that last trip as the kids go back to school, drop by Gresham Ford. Wed be happy to take a look to make sure everything is ship shape. We service all makes and models and were open until Midnight (Monday-Friday).
Stay cool and enjoy the ride!
Rockin' Good Time!
And the summer fun just keeps coming!! This Saturday, tomorrow, August 8th in Historic Downtown Gresham, the 17th Annual Rockin' Around the Block Car Show is happening! From 8am-5pm some of the best show cars you'll ever lay eyes on will be right here, rockin' around the block for all to see! And they'll be lots of great music, food and all sorts of fun for the whole family! Also, the Gresham Farmers Market will be in full swing as well! So, no matter what, there's something for everyone!
This car show, which has run for 17 years straight, has donated $146,000 so far, to the Mt Hood Community College Ford ASSET program. For those not familiar with this program, the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) is an Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum designed to provide technically competent, professional level technicians for Ford dealerships. MHCC is offering this opportunity in partnership with the Ford Motor Company. This is a fantastic program that gives students lifelong skills that will generate for them a means with which to sustain a productive life style and hopefully pass on a passion for all things mechanical to our next generation.
So, for the love of our future automotive technicians, come on out, support the Mt Hood Community College Ford ASSET program, hear some great music and just have an all around great time. And don't forget to stop by the Gresham Ford booth and say hello. We'll be on 3rd street across from Sunny Han's. We have some great giveaways and a drawing that you won't want to miss! See you there!