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June 18 community briefs


30-year NHS class reunion set

The Newberg High School Class of 1984 will hold its class reunion July 25-27 in conjunction with the Old Fashioned Festival. For details, visit the Newberg High School Class of 1984 Facebook page.

NonPareil Institute launches crowd-sourcing effort

The nonPareil Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and employs adults on the autism spectrum in computer programming, has launched a crowd-sourcing fundraiser to open a branch at George Fox University.

The campaign has already raised $2,825 of its $10,000 goal at www.indie gogo.com. The campaign was launched June 2 and will conclude July 14. To donate, visit the website and search “Programming Hope Portland.”

For more on the Newberg project, which will be known as nonpareil Portland, contact GFU associate professor of marketing Justine Haigh at 503-554-2808 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Got a photograph that might work for the Oregon Blue Book?

The contest for the 2015 Oregon Blue Book cover photo is now open. The book is the official state almanac and is published biennially, but Yamhill and 19 of Oregon’s other 36 counties have never been on the cover. Those interested in submitting an entry can visit bluebook. state.or.us/misc/cover/front.htm for more information.

Newberg Driving School now open for summer courses

The Newberg Driving School is now signing up students with their driver’s permit for summer courses.

Classes are small and highly interactive and may qualify participants for a discount on insurance.

Students will participate in a week of driving instruction and complete a take-home packet to receive a certificate of completion. The course is taught by NHS teacher and coach Brandon Ramey.

For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.newbergdriving school.com or email newbergdriving This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alateen will begin meetings Sunday in McMinnville

McMINNVILLE — Alateen, a program of Al-Anon for teens suffering from the alcoholism of a family member or friend, will begin holding weekly meetings on Sunday evenings at McMinn­ville Cooperative Ministries, 544 N.E. Second St., in what is called “The Dungeon.” The first meeting is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 22.

Members, according to a press release, are age 12 to 18 and help each other by practicing the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, by welcoming and giving comfort to families and friends of alcoholics, and by rendering understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Members’ identities are kept confidential and meetings include at least two adult members of Al-Anon.

For more information, call Sue at 1-503-434-1364 or visit www.al-anon.org.

Relay for Life celebration this Saturday through Sunday

Relay for Life of Newberg kicks off this year’s relay event at 11 a.m. Saturday at the high school track. Cancer survivors are invited to a pre-relay celebratory breakfast at 9 a.m. to be followed by their participation in the opening ceremony’s first lap around the track. An all-car show will be held in conjunction with this year’s theme “Drive Out Cancer” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prize chances and a poker run will be available for all participants. A $5 burger lunch will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. near the gym as well as other food options to purchase throughout the day. The annual public silent auction will run from the start of the relay until 8 p.m. in the school’s gym. Scheduled during this year’s relay are many games, activities, contests, exhibitions and performances by live bands. The luminaria ceremony will start at 9:30 p.m. when those fighting cancer, those lost to and those who have beaten the disease will be honored. The relay concludes at 9 a.m. on Sunday after a short non-denominational sunrise service.