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Look At That!

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 16th, 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 16th, 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16th 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.

Freedom

Over two hundred years ago, our nation was founded upon the ideal of creating a land where freedom would be available to each and every one of its citizens. Every day, citizens across the country experience the advantages and obstacles to American freedom.

“What does Freedom Mean to Me? A term defined freedom in three distinct ways. (1) As the absence of external restraint; (2) as the capacity to do what one wishes: (3) as the capacity to do what one ought. Literally, freedom means “not in bondage”, as stated by Rachel of North Carolina. But that’s exactly it! And how privileged we are to live in a country where we are “not in bondage”, where we can do what we want and what we ought!

“Yesterday I was going to watch some TV, but instead, I rode my bike over to the mall and saw a movie. I thought about getting some popcorn, but got a big Kit Kat instead. When it was over, I met some friends and hung around Spencer’s Gifts. That’s freedom!” says Steve from Missouri.

So, here at Gresham Ford, we’re going to do what we ought and give our customers, “Freedom to save, Freedom from Interest and Freedom to Choose”! Starting June 24th and running through September 6th, 2016, Ford is offering 0% PLUS Ford Smart Bonus Cash! Come in anytime and have a chat with one of our sales professionals to find out all the details! Save, pay no interest and choose from our great selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs!

Happy 4th of July and don’t forget to reflect on ALL our freedoms here in the good ‘ole US of A!!

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 25th 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 25th, 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!

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 '68 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!

Bringing Art to the Streets for Gresham

Have you heard of Gresham Outdoor Public Art? It is a nonprofit formed by a group of dedicated citizens to bring public art to our community. The first undertaking of the Gresham Outdoor Public Art organization was to commission a plaque to be placed with a sculpture that has been at the skate park in Main City Park since 2012, “without anybody knowing where it came from,” said Judy Han, a longtime force in the Gresham art community. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, GOPA added a plaque that names the sculpture “Crash,” and the sculptor, Michael DeSimone.” The plaque was unveiled on November 11th, 2015.

GOPA has also commissioned a sculpture of a guide dog, a meaningful choice given that “Guide Dogs have been in Gresham for years,” Han said. The national group, “Guide Dogs for the Blind”, which has campuses in San Rafael, Calif., and Boring, brings the dogs from Boring to train on Gresham city streets. Cascade Locks artist Heather Soderberg will create the sculpture. Han is also in contact with art students at Mt. Hood Community College to see if some of them would be interested in creating public art for the city. These quotes come from an article by Teresa Carson published in The Outlook. To view the full article: portlandtribune.com

The next project for GOPA is commissioning Don Gray, a nationally renowned muralist, to bring his sketch to life this July on the Jazzy Bagel building wall, corner of Powell Blvd and Main in Gresham. This building originated as Gresham Drug Company's Gresham Rexall Drug in the early 1900's and truly was the heart of our community.

YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS GREAT CAUSE STARTING TODAY, Friday May 20th at their "Funky Junque" Sale behind the Gresham Post Office at 121 NW First Street from 8am-6pm both Friday and Saturday!

Be a part of bringing art to the streets of Historic Downtown Gresham!

Vote Local

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!

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!

Take me out to the Ball Game!

Batter up! Can you believe Gresham has its very own baseball team? And we couldn’t be prouder to be one of their sponsors! Right here in our backyard we’ll be rooting for the home boys! And if you’re looking to get involved, here’s a great way to get up close and personal with some of the county’s best and brightest!

As the inaugural season of the Gresham GreyWolves Baseball approaches, nearing a June 3rd Opening Day, the club is searching for interested community members to take part in the GreyWolves’ host family program. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of these player’s lives as they strive for their athletic goals.

The GreyWolves are hosting an “Informational Meeting,” and invite you to attend. Monday, May 2, Origin’s Coffee House, 600 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Team owners Jerry & Lisa Walker along with head coach Justin Barchus will be in attendance to explain the process, answer any questions, and give an overview of the upcoming season as a “Host Family.”

For more information about the team, the players and their summer schedule, please visit GreshamGreyWolves.com.

On another note, have you noticed all the portraits on the windows of the businesses in downtown Gresham? Elementary school students participate in this annual event by creating portraits of their mothers which are displayed in the windows of merchants throughout Historic Downtown Gresham. Portraits are judged and mothers of the winners are awarded prizes from Historic Downtown merchants. This is an amazing example of community involvement and such a fun event to look forward to every year! For more of what’s going on, please visit ExploreGresham.com! Lots of summer fun to come!