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The Arc celebrates 50 years

Published on October 21, 2017 12:01AM

The Arc Umatilla County board members get ready to enjoy the nonprofit organization’s 50-year anniversary cake during an Oct. 10 celebration in Hermiston.

Photo contributed by Anita Vernon

The Arc Umatilla County board members get ready to enjoy the nonprofit organization’s 50-year anniversary cake during an Oct. 10 celebration in Hermiston.


Celebration was the focus as The Arc Umatilla County recently recognized its 50-year anniversary.

The Oct. 10 event featured music by the Inland Northwest Musicians and, of course, birthday cake, said Kristi Smalley, board vice president. More than 75 people attended the fun-filled evening, which was held at The Arc building in Hermiston.

Those in attendance, Smalley said, also enjoyed watching a slide show created by new board member Anna Dickman. It featured many activities and programs offered through the nonprofit organization.

The Arc advocates for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Umatilla County. It offers activities to help connect families and community members.

Regular activities offered by The Arc include free Zumba classes each Wednesday from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at The Arc building, 215 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston. Also, ongoing bingo games help provide financial support. They are Thursdays with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 7 p.m. Players must be 18 or older, have proof of age and photo identification.

The public is invited to The Arc’s Halloween dance Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Arc building. The cost is $5 per person. In addition to dancing to the music of Desert Sounds Mobile DJ, the party includes snacks and a goodie bag. Participants are invited to wear a Halloween costume, but it’s not required.

Membership with The Arc Umatilla County is free to anyone interested in supporting its missions and visions. For those who can afford it, there are several membership levels that provide an opportunity to support The Arc with an annual financial gift. For more information, visit www.thearcumatilla.org.

For more about The Arc, and its programs, services and activities, call 541-567-7615 or visit www.facebook.com/arcofumatillacounty.



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