August 2016 | News from Selah Downtown Association
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Welcome Downtown!

Hello, August! July, I hardly knew you. This summer is just flying by, and Selah Downtown Association (SDA) continues to stay busy! We are looking forward to all the fun August is sure to bring!

The month of July saw the continuation of Selah's Wednesday Market and the return of Second Saturdays on July 9th. Runners showed up early on that Saturday morning to "Beat the Heat" at the 3rd Annual Yakima Run to Remember: Fallen Heroes 5K, organized by a local Gold Star family to benefit USO Northwest. SDA awarded prize baskets to the three winners of the Beat the Heat Kids Challenge, as well as the winner of the Tree Top Park Selfie Contest! Selah Sweets offered a sale on shaved ice, Pastime featured a special summer cocktail, and Nana Kate's hosted a hoppin' Beach Bash! Second Saturdays return on August 13th with a "Back to School" theme. We hope to see you downtown!

Looking ahead to next month, SDA is busy planning the 1st Annual Selah Downtown Association Red Carpet Gala, a 1920s-themed, black-tie fundraiser dinner with the theme "Puttin' on the Ritz." Tickets are selling out fast, so please contact us as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Lastly, and as always, I want to thank each one of you for your continuing support of this organization, and a special thank you to our business sponsors. We couldn't do what we do without you!


Whitney Stohr
Executive Director

Second Saturday August 13

Second Saturday in Downtown Selah returns on Saturday, August 13th, and the theme is Back to School.

Any businesses or organizations wishing to promote their "Back to School" event, promotion or retail deal should email SDA with details.


1) Installation of SDA's Pop-Up Library
10 AM at Tree Top Park in Viking Village
Sponsored by Selah Downtown Association

2) "Back to School" Breakfast How-tos
All Day at Nana Kate's, 432 E. Goodlander Rd.
Sponsored by Nana Kate's

3) Healthy Eating Education with Guest Speaker Jason White from Urban Greens
All Day at Nana Kate's, 432 E. Goodlander Rd.
Sponsored by Nana Kate's and Urban Greens

4) Selah/Upper Valley Relay for Life
12 PM at Wixson Park - 10 AM, August 14th
Organized by Upper Valley Relay for Life


5) PokemonGo Back to School Contest
Entries due 12 Noon -- Opening Day: August 1st
Sponsored by Selah Downtown Association

How to Play: Find a Pokemon in downtown Selah; snap a photo and make the catch; then, send your photo to, or post to Facebook and tag @SelahDowntown. Enter often! The contest winner will be notified by email on Monday, August 15th.

SDA in Port Townsend

As a member of the Washington State Main Street Program, Selah Downtown Association staff attends quarterly leadership meetings and conferences across the state. These meetings provide an opportunity to showcase recent projects and learn from the experiences of other Main Street Communities.

In July, SDA Executive Director, Whitney Stohr, traveled to Port Townsend for the Summer Leadership Meeting.
Photos courtesy of SDA Executive Director, Whitney Stohr. Full gallery:

It Happened Downtown

2nd Saturday in Downtown Selah
Saturday, July 9th

Second Saturdays returned to downtown Selah on July 9th with the theme "Beat the Heat." SDA hosted a Beat the Heat Kids Challenge, a Q&A-based scavenger hunt in downtown Selah, and the three winners received special prize baskets to help them beat the summer rays (Photo: Whitney Stohr)
Selah's Wednesday Market
Wednesday, July 13th

Kids at Selah's Wednesday Market were excited to participate in an art activity on "Bubble Day at the Market." Vendors spent the evening blowing bubbles from their booths, and kids played with large bubble wands and created "Bubble Art." (Photo: Whitney Stohr)
Downtown Selah PokemonGo PokeWalk
Wednesday, July 27th

In partnership with the City of Selah Parks & Recreation Department, SDA sponsored a guided PokemonGo PokeWalk through downtown Selah. The event, which drew approximately two dozen players on its first night, will continue each Wednesday in August, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Civic Center. The walks are led by Monica Lake.

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Second Saturdays return on August 13th! This month's theme is "Back to School."

Events include:

Pop-up Library installation
School Day Breakfast Tips
Healthy Eating Education
Upper Valley Relay for Life
PokemonGo Back to School

More Information:

Businesses and organizations interested in participating should email SDA with details about their event or promotion
The downtown craft and farmers' market continues this month, every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at King's Row, 210 S. 1st St.

Upcoming Market Dates:

August 3: Market Bingo
August 10: National Weird Contest Week
August 17: Art at the Market
August 24: Art at the Market
August 31: Free Vendor Day

Vendor Information:
Thursday, August 11
You are invited to attend a Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" event, hosted by Selah Downtown Association, on August 11th, at Tree Top Park, located on 1st Street in the Viking Village parking lot. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

FREE root beer floats will be served until 6:30 p.m. The event will also include appetizers and refreshments, music and door prizes.
SDA Executive Director
Whitney Stohr joined SDA as Executive Director in March 2016. Previously, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked with non-profit organizations focused on community development, historic preservation and environmental policy and sustainability. She is passionate about community engagement, economic development, local history, and arts and culture.

Whitney was born in Yakima and graduated from LaSalle High School. She holds degrees from the University of Montana (B.A. Political Science), the University of Florida (M.S. Ecological Restoration), Gonzaga University Law School (J.D.), and George Washington University Law School (LL.M. International Law).

Connect with Whitney on LinkedIn:
SDA Summer Graphic Design Intern
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Damian was raised in Chicago. He graduated from The Latin School of Chicago in 2006. Damian is completing coursework toward a Studio Art degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Connect with Damian on LinkedIn:
Thank you to our July 2016 volunteers, event sponsors and program donors, including: Lorita Stohr, Monica Lake, Sherry Dawson, and Tree Top Inc, and the sponsors of our upcoming Red Carpet Gala: '"Puttin' on the Ritz."
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