Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gresham Arts Festival is coming July 16th

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held, July 16 th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and
visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards
with Brainjar Media. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in on July 16 th , between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. For more information please call Shannon Chisom 503-750-3785 or email at shannon.chisom@greshamoregon.gov. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16 th and head to Historic Downtown Gresham for the 15th Gresham Arts
Festival, a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

Gresham Arts Festival is coming July 16th

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held, July 16 th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and
visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards
with Brainjar Media. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in on July 16 th , between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. For more information please call Shannon Chisom 503-750-3785 or email at shannon.chisom@greshamoregon.gov. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16 th and head to Historic Downtown Gresham for the 15th Gresham Arts
Festival, a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Painting Gresham Purple to Fight Cancer

If you’ve been downtown Gresham this past week, you may have noticed the purple ribbons already adorning light poles and sign posts! Its happening, folks!! Tomorrow’s the day! Saturday, June 25 th at
the Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham 12 noon to 11pm. Come on down and join in the
fun at the “CARNIVAL For the Cure”-American Cancer Society. There will be a Canned Food Drive the day of the event - the participant who brings the most cans will be eligible for a prize. Canned food will be used to weight the Luminaria Bags and will be donated to Snow-Cap after the event. The Annual Luminaria is a special ceremony that honors and remembers those who have fought cancer!

There will be lots of celebrating! Guest Speakers, Gresham Fire Department on Site, Live Entertainment,
Fundraising at each Team Booth, Zumba - 2:00 pm, Silent Auction - begins at noon - closes at 7:00 pm,
Balloon Man and Clown.

And if you haven’t joined a team yet, there’s still time! Just go to www.relayforlife.org, type in the zip
code, 97080 and click on “sign up”, put your info in then click “join a Team” and look for Gresham Ford
Chamber AM team! And, Gresham Ford will donate $5 for each person that joins the team! Win! Win! So, there you have it! Start your summer fun with a visit to the Relay for Life Carnival, right here in downtown Gresham Main City Park starting at noon. Spend a few dollars, have some laughs and all for a great cause! Fighting cancer together we can win! We’ll see you there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Join Our Team

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Gresham is coming to town! And it’s not your ordinary, get a team together, stay up all night doing continuous laps. They’re going for something totally different!

Saturday, June 25 th at the Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham 12 noon to 11pm come on down and join the “CARNIVAL” fun! Get ready, because it’s going to be a blast!! Lots of celebrating, guest speakers, silent auction, balloon man, clown, Gresham Fire Department on site, live entertainment, fundraising at each team booth, and how about this? A Zumba class at 2pm! That’s right, celebrate, donate and shake your bootie!! They sure put a totally different spin on, what we’ve come to understand as a “Relay for Life” fundraiser. Of course, there is a walking path, which is about 1/8 of a mile, so eight times around equals your 1 mile, and if you have a team and you are still of the mind to do the laps, that counts too!

So, get a team together, decide on a theme, game, or be creative as to what your team is all about. Set up a booth and join in the fundraising fun!! Contact Karen Taylor at 503-795- 3989 or email at karen.taylor@cancer.org for more information.

If you aren’t sure about the whole team thing, you can join our team. Just go to www.relayforlife.org, type in the zip code, 97080 and click on “sign up”, “join a Team” then look for Gresham Ford Chamber AM team! And, Gresham Ford will donate $5 for each person that joins the team! Win! Win!

Mark your calendars, June 25 th , 12pm, Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham and set your taste buds for popcorn and snow cones and head to Downtown Gresham for a fun way to help find a cure!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father’s Day Ford Stories

For many people, cars and trucks are a lot more than just a way to get from place to place. It’s not just a
mode of transportation, it’s a lifestyle. Dads come in all different forms, with different strengths and interests. For this Father’s Day, we did a search for some Father’s Day stories from Ford owners. We found this great selection posted by Sean T. Johnston on the FordSocial.com website.

     Kim G. and her dad worked together to get her first Mustang looking sharp - I had an electric blue  Mustang with a white vinyl top. My dad bought it for me in 1977. The driver-side quarter panel was full of rust rot. We both wet sanded it, added wire mesh and added the compound. More wet sanding and had it repainted. Came out awesome. My dad passed a year ago. A wonderful memory. Now I've got the black convertible 2004 anniversary issue Mustang! Love!

    Tom S. and his dad pretty much rebuilt a 1967 fastback Ford Mustang from the floorboards - This is my first love, my ‘67 fastback with a 450-hp 351 Cleveland. My old man bought her for $300 for my 16th birthday. She had to be towed to my dad's garage because she had no motor or trans or floors, fenders, hood, bumpers or much of anything. It took us a good three years, but there she is the best gift/memory anyone will ever give me. My father was amazing. I mean, he owns his own glass shop and has always worked on cars but he basically rebuilt her from the ground up by himself with a little help from me of course. Bodywork, paint, interior, motor and trans rebuilds, right down to the 9-inch rear. I feel blessed every time I drive her and it's a bonding experience I had with my father that will last me forever.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the great dads out there!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rock the Block 2016 was a Success

Gresham Ford was honored to be asked to participate in the 2016 Rock the Block in Gresham Oregon.  This family friendly celebration is supported by many in the community including schools, residents, social service organizations, the City and a few local businesses.  
Live entertainment, music, games and prizes where all part of the festivities.  Thousands attended and enjoyed the sun and the community involvement.  This is the third year for this event and it continues to develop with the unique Rockwood community feel.  The theme this year was Summer Reading.  Just one example of life saving resources to the most deserving community.  This free family friendly event has and will continue to grow and Gresham Ford is excited to participate and meet so many of our neighbors.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Vote Local with your Dollars

It is the Season to Vote and we as citizens of this great Country are so lucky to have this freedom. As a huge proponent of “Try Local First” I always like to remind folks that each day you get a chance to vote with your dollars. Spending money with local businesses and at local “Farmer’s Markets” makes such a huge difference in our local economy and enhances public services such as fire and police thru increased funding.

In our schools for instance, this week we were fortunate enough to present Centennial High School with a check for a little over $4,000 from Ford Motor Company from our “Drive One 4 UR School” Event. We are just one of many local businesses that provide funds to local schools and non-profits. The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation this week provided over $4,000 to Powell Valley Elementary for nine Chrome Books and other related technology products. Much of the funds from these grants come from local businesses which, at the end of the day, rely on local customers. When you shop local, you support local!
Drive 4 UR School at Gresham Ford

On another voting matter, we as an industry (automotive), are in desperate need of qualified trained service personnel to meet the demands of the technology of this century’s vehicles. The proposed construction via the current bond measure for Mt. Hood Community College will accomplish this for our industry and provide training for other skills so young people in our community will have livable wage jobs. This is a good thing!