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Preschool co-op thanks Davis Farm

The Benton Center Corvallis Preschool Co-op would like to thank Russel Davis and the staff of Davis Family Farm for their donation of a hay bale, corn stalks and a variety of gourds to our classroom to create a farm-themed dramatic play set. The preschoolers have had many hours of vivid theatrical play and problem-solving opportunities spent utilizing these items as a backdrop for working at “The Farm."

Acting out themes and stories in pretend play lets children practice communicating their emotions and leads toward emotional regulation. Thank you for your generous support in helping promote children’s social-emotional skills through the power of play.

Paula Jenssen

LBCC Parenting Education

Footwise showcases Interfaith group

Another fall, another opportunity to show off in the window of Footwise, The Birkenstock Store, the services offered by Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers. We changed our display this year under the artful advice of Sally Harburg’s granddaughter, Suzanne or Zanne as we quickly learned to call her. We made large white cubes on which were attached large pictures showing our services. The cubes filled the space and made it easier for people passing-by to see what we do. Our blue banner looked especially good when contrasted with the boxes.

Many thanks to those who contributed their time and talents to the display: Zan, Sally, Sue, Peggy and Donna. Hopefully people passed by and decided to learn more about helping out with VIC or maybe saw the display and thought of someone who would benefit from our services.

It was a fun project for all concerned.

Peggy Bernhard
Corvallis Interfaith Caregivers

Arts Center grateful for support

Thanks to everyone who braved typhoon weather to show your support for community creativity and Chocolate Fantasy 2016. The Arts Center is grateful for the business, artist, individual and volunteer support that made it a success.

A big thank you to Chocolatiers for a delicious evening: Benny's Donuts, (Utterly Unique Award), Burst's Chocolates, (Arts Champion Award), Flour'd Apron, (Decadently Delicious Award), NutCakes, (Bodaciously Beautiful Award), and New Morning Bakery.

Thanks to our sponsors, Corvallis Radiology, Anderson Group CPAs, Patrick Hadlock, Many Hands Trading, Ringo, Stuber, Ensor & Hadlock, PC, Samaritan Health Services, Xtreme Grafx, Horsepower Productions, Clarity Wealth Development, Running Princess Apparel, Town & County Realty, Candice Pierson-Charlton and David Charlton, Edward Jones | John Griesmeyer & Tim Euhus, Barker Uerlings Insurance, Oregon State Credit Union, Valley Pathology Services, Core Vitality Clinic, and Everything Else Events. Finally, Thanks also to Mark Kalmar, Terry Inokuma and Dave Pautsch for sharing from their hearts.

Cynthia Spencer

The Arts Center

Church supports Old Mill Center

It is with much gratitude that we thank LIFE Community Church for its ongoing support of Old Mill Center through the annual Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration, which took place Sunday, Oct. 30. The entry cost of the event was a donation of diapers and wipes, which helps stock our Resource Closet.

The event had a great turnout — over 450 people attended. Prevention Manager Cindy Bond was on site with the Old Mill Center van, handing out treats. The trunk was decorated with a “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” theme.

Our Resource Closet provides vital necessities to struggling families. It is one of the many services we offer to support parents and caregivers in the interest of stability and emotional health of children. Old Mill Center offers five programs for children and their families, including early education, prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect, and therapy for children ages birth to 18.

Thank you again to LIFE Community Church for your support of our families!

Mica Habarad

Old Mill Center for Children and Families

Donations aid school dances

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis would like to thank the Home Depot for generously donating $50 worth of supplies for our middle school Halloween dance and Inge King and Tiffany Denue from Washington Federal for the very generous $500 donation.

Our middle school dance brings in over 400 youth, utilizes over 50 college and high school volunteers and is a highlight event for our middle school kids. Tiffany also generously volunteers her time with our members and is instrumental in providing financial literacy to our teens. Their kindness and generosity has meant a great deal to our organization and we couldn’t thank them enough!

Amanda Garcia

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

Block 15 benefits Humane Society

A huge thank-you to Block 15 Brewing Co. for choosing Heartland Humane Society as the October beneficiary of The People’s Pint! We would also like to thank everyone who participated. You helped raise over $600for Heartland, just by having a beer and supporting a local business.

This money can go a long way at the shelter; with $600 we could vaccinate over 350 animals, protecting them from life-threatening disease, feed all the cats in our front cattery for a month, or spay 15 feral female cats, preventing them from producing unwanted litters in the future.

Block 15’s Tap Program supports local nonprofit agencies that focus on the well-being of their community. We are honored to have been chosen to participate!

Hannah Agnew-Svoboda

Heartland Humane Society

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Good Words items can be up to 150 words or generally will be edited to that length. We prefer that they be sent electronically to, but also can be mailed to the Gazette-Times, attention “Good Words,” P.O. Box 368, Corvallis, OR 97339-0368. Written copies can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at our office at 1837 N.W. Circle Blvd. Please label them “Good Words.”

Good Words are published Saturday on a space-available basis, generally in the order in which they are received.


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