Adopt a Highway Clean Up

Adopt a Highway Clean Up flyerJoin the Dayton Community Development Association and community members in a cleanup of Dayton!

We’ll be picking up trash along 3rd Street/Wallace Rd./Hwy 221

Join us on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 8:00 am – 11 a.m. Meet at the Block House Cafe at 302 Ferry Street at 8 a.m.

The DCDA will provide trash bags and supplies! Bring work gloves if you have them.

Please share the flyer and bring your friends, neighbors, kids (age 16 and up) and family!

Adopt a Highway Clean Up flyer

Join in on revitalizing downtown!

Classic cars on 4th StreetInterested in working on community events in Dayton, such as Dayton Friday Nights with classic car cruise-ins in the summertime, or on beautifying downtown with plantings and planters? You are invited to join us at our monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the City Hall Annex, 408 Ferry Street. Those are just some of the DCDA projects you could work on with your fellow community members. Join us at our meetings or send us a note at if you’d like more info!

Treasures of the Heartland Auction and Fundraiser Dinner

Rescheduled to Feb. 23rd!
Heartland FlyerA Five Course Dinner & Auction Event will be held on February 23rd, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. at Stoller Winery in Dayton, presented by the Amity/Dayton Cohort of the Ford Family Foundation (FFF) Leadership Program. Tickets are $125 (limited to the first 72).

The event is a fundraiser for the program’s community project, a “Gathering Place” in both towns featuring a kiosk including information, seating, and bike racks.

There will be special live entertainment, photo opportunities with local treasures, and a silent and oral auction. Contact  Evonne Foshee at 503.864.2508 or MaryAnn Stoller at  503.868.7173 for more information.

Heartland Auction and Fundraiser Poster 

DCDA Volunteers of the Year

Tom and Paulette, DCDA volunteers of the yearCongratulations to Tom and Paulette Gardner, the Dayton Community Development Association’s Volunteers of the Year! They received the award at the DCDA’s annual board meeting for their hard work this past year, such as on the three DCDA sponsored photo booths, the city/DCDA partnered newsletters and the scarecrow contest. Thanks, Tom and Paulette!

Scarecrow in wheelbarrow

Scarecrow Contest

Easter Bunny sitting on hay bales with volunteer

DCDA volunteer Carol Hesseling & the Easter Bunny at photo booth

Dayton Community News

Downtown Dayton NewsThe latest Downtown Dayton News is out! This newsletter is a publication of the City of Dayton and the Dayton Community Development Association. Interested in upcoming downtown events, upcoming new businesses, potential changes to Miller Fountain, and water news? Download it and read about what’s going on in the city and downtown here (pdf file): Downtown Dayton News November 2013

Read a bit of history about Miller Fountain here: Dayton Tribune Article and Fountain dedication article.

Olive Oil Festival

The Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms will hold its 5th Annual Olio Nuovo Festa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday Nov. 22-24.

Guests can view and learn how olive oil is made on the Italian olive press. Samples of Arbequina from Spain and Koroneiki from Greece, as well as a blend of Italian varietals will be available for tasting.

This is your first opportunity to sample and purchase the newly-milled oils right at the source. Enjoy traditional Italian bruschetta and their latest Durant Vineyards Pinot Noir.

Red Ridge Farm

Red Ridge Farm

All ages welcome.

Red Ridge Farms is at 5700 NE Breyman Orchards Road in Dayton. Admission is free. For more information, call (503) 864-8502 or go to

Wine & Art Event

An Art & Wine Event presented by the Amity/Dayton Cohort of the Ford Family Foundation (FFF) Leadership Program will be held on November 2 from 5-8p.m. at Coelho Winery in Amity. Advance tickets are $25, and $30 at the door. You will receive your choice of red or white wine , along with a signature glass to take home. Heavy appetizers from local restaurants will be served.

The event is a fundraiser for the program’s community project, a “Gathering Place” in both towns featuring a kiosk including information, seating, and bike racks.

There will be a silent and oral auction of art and other exciting items. Attendees will also have the opportunity to play a “wine pull” game: purchase a chance(s) to draw (or pull) a number that correspond to a nice, very nice, or GREAT bottle of wine, depending on your luck! Contact any FFF Dayton/Amity Cohort member for tickets or call Carol Hesseling at 503-864-8445.

Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise in October

Leadership Program and Fun Sleuthing for You

Photo courtesy of Flickr member Roger Lynn

Photo courtesy of Flickr member Roger Lynn

The Amity and Dayton participants in the Ford Family Foundation (FFF) Leadership Training Program have completed their classroom training. One aspect of the program continues, the completion of a community project. The project identified by the group is to create a Gathering Place, an attractive kiosk including information, seating, and bike racks within each town.

Fundraising has begun for the Gathering Place and you can contribute to its completion while you enjoy a fantastic Murder Mystery Dinner aboard the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. You will be treated to dinner, participate in a suspenseful/fun murder mystery, and be taken on a leisurely river cruise. The mystery is titled “Crime and Pun-ishment” and you will be actively engaged in participating and solving the mystery. Advance tickets are just $60 per person (aged 13 and older). For additional information contact Jen Kendall at 971-237-3374.

2013 Scarecrow Contest

The 2013 Dayton Community Development Association Scarecrow Contest was a great success! At least 30 individuals individuals, groups, businesses and families made a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the contest in downtown Dayton. Thank you to all our wonderful participants and judges, and especially to our fabulous sponsors! (Western Ag Improvement, The Joel Palmer House Restaurant, Heiser Farms, Sokol Blosser Winery, Wilco Farm Store, & Country Heritage Farms.)

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(Tip: Hover your mouse over the images to see titles, and scroll down this page for a list of all winners)


“Best In Show” – Dinner for 2 at the Joel Palmer House Restaurant
Dayton Electric & Lighting with “Sparky”

Business Category
1st. Place – $125 – Dayton Electric & Lighting with “Sparky”
2nd Place – $75 – Heiser Farms with “Mom & Pop at the Pumpkin Patch”
3rd Place – $50 – Dayton Fire Volunteers with “Firefighter”

Youth Category
1st Place – $125 – Kylar Johnson with “Ribbot”
2nd Place – $75 – Logan Thomann with “Jase”
3rd Place – $50 – Jacob Frank with “Jacob”

Traditional Category
1st Place – $125 – Ward & Jill Nelson with “Grandma Bok Bok”
2nd Place – $75 – Kathleen & Jim Bennett & Bre Lister with “Bre on a bike”
3rd Place – $50 – James Lyon & Debra Lien with “Grandpa”

Whimsical Category
1st Place – $125 – Jennifer Brown with “Women’s Work is Never Done”
2nd Place – $75 – Victor Krause & Evonne Foshee with “Scrap Lady”
3rd Place – $50 – Dayton First Baptist Church Youth Group with “Cap’n Josh”

We want to give special recognition to the entry “Scare Lotta” by Ross and Lorrie Senn.
They incorporated all the elements of the DCDA Logo into their entry!
Local wine, fine dining and good food, local agriculture and History (and recreation).

Amity Dayton Bingo Night

Bingo cardBring your friends, family and neighbors for action-packed Bingo excitement on Wednesday, August 28th at the McMinnville Elks. Winners will receive prizes. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., sales start at 6:30, and the games begin at 7:00pm. Coffee will be provided and refreshments will be available for purchase. Kids are welcome and a supervised kids’ area will be available.

The cost is $12 to play plus $1 for a bingo dobber, then extra cards for an additional dollar.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the community project being done by the Amity-Dayton Ford Family Leadership Program which will install a “Gathering Place” with artistic bike racks, bench and information kiosk in
Amity and Dayton.