April 2017 | News from Selah Downtown Association
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Welcome to Downtown Selah

Who is looking forward to some nice spring weather?! I sure am, and I'm also looking forward to all the nicer weather brings, including more outdoor and community events in Selah.

Selah Community Days is right around the corner, and all of us at SDA are busy with the new activities and programs we currently have in the works. I am excited to share that SDA received several applications from local business owners interested in the funds available through our new Business Facade Improvement Grant Program, which closed on March 21st. Stay tuned as we will soon announce the recipient of that award. We've already received several applications from business owners and community groups interested in our Downtown Beautification Grant Program as well. The deadline to apply for funding is April 21st. Visit our website at for more information.

The next SDA Business Academy meeting is planned for April 4th, and Second Saturday will return with a "Spring Fling!" theme on April 8th. Mark your calendars now because next month will also be busy! SDA will hold the 2nd Annual Downtown Selah Clean-up Day on May 13th, as well as the first Selah Community Swap Meet. This month's newsletter includes information on these events and others.

Lastly, an idea that is new to our area, and something we discuss at greater length later in this newsletter, is the Blue Zones Project and the efforts underway to bring the project to Yakima County. The Blue Zones Project is an initiative that aims to improve health and wellbeing in communities by focusing on nine healthy lifestyle habits. Bringing the Blue Zones Project to our area is important and relevant to SDA's mission "to develop and promote downtown Selah as the community's social, cultural and economic center" as the project seeks to transform communities by improving the design of our cities and promoting social networks, engagement and connection. Read below to learn more about the Blue Zones Project.

Whether through our organization or other local groups, we invite you to get out in the community, get connected and engaged! The community benefits most when we're all involved.

Whitney Stohr
Executive Director

Selah Discovery Contest: Egg Hunt, Mar. 20 - Apr. 14

The 3rd Annual Selah Discovery Contest: Egg Hunt opened on March 20th and will continue through April 14th. The Egg Hunt is an annual, spring scavenger hunt, sponsored by SDA in partnership with local businesses, and is open to all kids under 18.

SDA has hidden a large, numbered Easter egg in a visible location inside each participating business and at other locations in Selah. To participate, print out a contest entry form at; then head out into Selah and start hunting for eggs! Hints will be posted daily on the SDA Facebook page, and twice on Saturdays and Sundays.

Completed entry forms must be returned to SDA by 4 PM on Monday, April 17th. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on Tuesday, April 18th, and will win one of the prize Easter baskets donated by each participating business.

For more information, visit

"The Roundtable: Business Academy" continues Apr. 4

The Roundtable: Business Academy returns on Tuesday, April 4th with the topic: Traditional Business Marketing in the Modern Economy.

This month's session will feature two speakers with expertise in television and radio marketing. First, Shawnee Olson is an Account Executive at Fox 41 Yakima, and previously worked for Yakima Valley Publishing. She will speak on business marketing using television and news outlets. Second, Kari Gravrock, an Account Executive at Townquare Media in Yakima, will provide helpful advice on using radio for business marketing. 

SDA's Business Academy is FREE and open to the public, and all new and aspiring business owners are encouraged to attend. The sessions are also a great opportunity for current business owners to network and learn new skills.

The monthly sessions are held the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, at Nana Kate's restaurant, located at 432 E. Goodlander Rd., in Selah. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah, Apr. 8

Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah is back this month on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. For more information, visit:
The theme is Spring Fling!
Activities Include:

Self Defense Class with Timothy Franklin
Saturday, April 8th | 9 AM - 11 AM
At Selah StF, 117 E. Naches Ave., Selah

Put a spring in your step and practice self-defense with Taekwondo instructor, Timothy Franklin, at the Selah StF Crossfit gym. Cost: $25/student and $60/family (plus tax). Space is limited. More information:

"Tastes of Spring" 2nd Saturday Brunch
Saturday, April 8th | 10 AM - 3 PM
At Nana Kate's, 432 E. Goodlander Rd., Selah

Enjoy another fabulous, 2nd Saturday brunch at Nana Kate's in Selah. Each month, the cafe offers delicious breakfast options and adult beverage specials to celebrate 2nd Saturday.

"Forever in our Hearts" Luminary Design Day
Saturday, April 8th | 11 AM - 2 PM
At Selah Civic Center, 216 S. 1st St., Selah
Sponsored by Upper Valley Relay for Life

The Upper Valley Relay for Life is celebrating spring while honoring and remembering those whose lives have been touched by cancer with a public Luminary Design Day event in downtown Selah. Enjoy FREE food and decorate a luminary bag in honor of a loved one.

Selah Works! Steering Committee Meeting
Saturday, April 8th | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
At Nana Kate's, 432 E. Goodlander Rd., Selah

Leaders of the Selah Works! millennials and young professionals group will meet to discuss upcoming events and activities. More information:
Coming Next Month
May 13, 2017

Theme: Old-Time Selah

Photo: Yakima Valley Museum 

Business Owners: Second Saturdays are an opportunity to highlight your business each month by planning a special event, public activity, or promotional deal around the monthly theme. You plan the "happening," and SDA will promote it as part of a community-wide event.

For more information or to sign-up for an upcoming Second Saturday, email Whitney Stohr at

Upcoming SDA Events in Downtown Selah

SDA Downtown Selah Clean-up Day, May 13

SDA will host the 2nd Annual Downtown Selah Clean-up Day on May 13th, in connection with 2nd Saturday activities.

This is a community service opportunity open to everyone. Sign-up to help:

Selah Community Swap Meet, May 13

SDA will host the first of four Community Swap Meet events planned this summer on May 13, in connection with 2nd Saturday activities. The Swap Meet will run from 8 AM to 3 PM. Cost of admission is $1 per person for ages 12 & over.

This is a fundraising opportunity for local community organizations, sports teams and student clubs. Groups are invited to sign-up to sell second-hand or previously "used" items, and any antique, vintage or up-cycled items. A vendor fee of $10 will be charged for a 10 ft x 10 ft booth space. Email SDA to register.

The Community Swap Meet is part of SDA's new "Save Our Center" campaign. All proceeds will benefit the Selah Civic Center.

Selah Community Days, May 18 - 21

The annual Selah Community Days festival is held on the 3rd weekend of May each year, and in 2017, as in year's past, the week will also include events sponsored by several local community groups.

Community Days is organized by the Selah Community Days Association. Visit for details.

Hot Rods on 1st Street: Selah, Jun. 24

The City of Selah will host the inaugural Hot Rods on 1st Street: Selah car show, on Saturday, June 24, on 1st Street, between the Civic Center and Naches Avenue, in downtown Selah.

All car owners and clubs are invited to participate. The event will offer 20+ awards, and include live entertainment and food options. Register at

Selah's Wednesday Market, Jun. 14 - Sept. 20

Selah's Wednesday Market opens for the 2017 season on June 14 and will continue every Wednesday, from 5 to 8 PM, at King's Row, located at 210 S. 1st Street, in downtown Selah, through September 20.

Vendor information is available at, and interested vendors are encouraged to sign-up early as space is limited.

Vendor Fees
Free -- Informational booths / raffle ticket sales
$5 per week -- Non-profit organizations
$15 per week -- Vendors
$180 per season -- Annual Vendor Pass

It Happened Downtown

"The Roundtable: Business Academy" 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SDA hosted the monthly Business Academy on March 7th on the topic, "Going Virtual: Social Media & Online Marketing." Speakers included SDA executive director, Whitney Stohr, and Rachael Glaspie, owner of Selah Allstate and a member of the SDA Promotions Committee.

Join SDA on April 4th, for the next Business Academy meeting on the topic: "Traditional Business Marketing in the Modern Economy."
Second Saturdays in Downtown Selah
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Theme: "Paint Selah Green"

Last month brought with it another fantastic 2nd Saturday packed with activities and special promotions from businesses in downtown Selah. View the complete Second Saturday photo album:

(Photo: Shamrock prize certificates were hidden around downtown Selah for community members to find! SDA sponsored prizes for the lucky finders!)
Upcoming at SDA
April 4th - 7:30 AM
SDA Business Academy
Nana Kate's cafe

April 8th - All Day
Second Saturday in Selah
Activities all day

April 8th - 11:30 AM
Selah Works! Meeting
Nana Kate's cafe

April 10th - 3 PM
SDA Board Meeting
Selah City Hall
*Open to the Public*

April 19th - TBA
Cash Mob 98942 mobbing
Location TBA

April 24th - 26th
RevitalizeWA Conference
Ellensburg, WA
Happening in Downtown Selah
April 3rd - 6 PM
Selah PD Citizens Academy
Selah Police Department

April 4th - 6:30 PM
Community Days meeting
Nana Kate's cafe

April 10th - 6 PM
Selah PD Citizens Academy
Selah Police Department

April 11th - 7 AM
Selah Kiwanis meeting
Selah Civic Center

April 11th - 4 PM
City Council meeting
Selah City Hall

April 17th - 6 PM
Selah PD Citizens Academy
Selah Police Department

April 18th - 6:30 PM
Community Days meeting
Nana Kate's cafe

April 24th - 6 PM
Selah PD Citizens Academy
Selah Police Department

April 25th - 7 AM
Selah Kiwanis meeting
Selah Civic Center

April 25th - 5:30 PM
City Council meeting
Selah City Hall

April 26th - 11:30 AM
Selah Chamber meeting
Selah Civic Center

April 28th - 7 PM
Selah Days Royalty Pageant
Selah Middle School
Selah Works! Millennial Group UPDATE
The Selah Works! Steering Committee will meet to plan upcoming group activities and events on Saturday, April 8th, at 11:30 AM, at Nana Kate's. Let us know you'll be there:

Selah Works! is a community-minded group that aims to connect and engage the next generation of civic leaders in our region. It is a new social group for those ages 21-40 and is an SDA initiative. Learn more:
Beautification Grant Program
SDA invites downtown businesses, building owners, and non-profit organizations to apply for the 2017 Beautification Grant Program, a "matching funds" program for projects to beautify downtown Selah. Learn more:

The deadline to apply is April 21, 2017.
Business Facade Improvement Grant Program
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted applications for the 2017 Business Facade Improvement Grant Program. The SDA Design Committee was pleased to review applications detailing many exciting downtown improvement projects currently in the works.

Stay tuned for information on the project selected to receive grant funding.
SDA has a brand new website! Check it out:

The new website is still under construction and frequent updates will be made, but SDA is excited about the its new partnership with Townsquare Media.

(Photo: SDA director Whtney Stohr speaks about her new experience working with Townsquare at the 94.5 KATS FM studio in March.)
Support SDA While You Shop!
When you shop online at AmazonSmile and select "Selah Downtown Association" as your preferred charity (here's how!), Amazon will donate 0.5% of every purchase to SDA. This is a simple way to give back to the community!
Visit this website to link SDA to your Fred Meyer rewards card using our assigned non-profit number 89672. Then, whenever you shop, you will earn both personal and Community Rewards. Learn more:
Downtown Selah Silent Auction Donations
Each year, Main Street Programs from across the state assemble silent auction baskets full of items made locally in their communities for the annual RevitalizeWA conference, which will be held in downtown Ellensburg in 2017. Proceeds from the auction help fund the state-wide Main Street Mentorship Program, and the auction is a nice way to highlight all that Main Streets have to offer.

SDA is currently seeking donations of items or gift certificates to include in this year's "Sensational Selah" silent auction basket. Please email SDA to donate.

(Photo: SDA's "Experience Selah" silent auction basket at the 2016 RevitalizeWA conference in Chelan, WA.)
Meet Josh Munson
SDA Board Member
Josh Munson joined the SDA Board of Directors last month.

Josh was born and raised in Selah and is a Class of 2011 Selah alumni. He graduated from Washington State University with degrees in public relations and political science. After working in marketing and student involvement at WSU, he returned home and accepted a job with The Memorial Foundation as its Corporate Partnerships Coordinator and serves as the Director of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program at Virginia Mason Memorial.

Outside of work, Josh is involved with Young Life, Rotaract, and sits on the Selah Works! Steering Committee. Josh lives to travel, enjoys golf, and roots the Cougs on in football. Connect with Josh at
Downtown News!
Education Corner
Blue Zones Project
     The term Blue Zones refers to rare "longevity hotspots" found worldwide where people live longer, healthier and happier lives. The Blue Zones Project is an approach that aims to help "transform communities across the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a higher quality of life."

     The Blue Zones Project has found that people spend approximately 90% of their time in the same places; for example, their homes, workplaces and other nearby gathering spaces. These environments together dictate how healthy people are and how easy (or difficult) it is to make healthy choices.

     The Blue Zones Project approach is based on the Power 9 -- or nine secrets of longevity -- found to be common in Blue Zones around the world. Thus, the Blue Zones Project seeks to improve "where we live, work, learn, and play" by focusing on these 9 principles:
     Move Naturally: The design of communities constantly encourages people to move naturally without great effort.
     Purpose: People have purpose and recognize their gifts and talents; they can answer the question: "Why do I wake up in the morning?"
     Down Shift: Activities that reduce stress are incorporated into daily life and routine.
     80% Rule: People have the discipline to stop eating at mealtime when they are 80% full.
     Plant Slant: The average diet is predominantly plant-based. Meat is less commonly eaten and serving sizes of meat are smaller.
     Wine @ 5: Alcohol is consumed moderately but on a regular basis, 1-2 glasses per day, with friends and food.
     Belong: People feel connected within and to their community through community and/or faith-based groups.
     Loved Ones First: Family comes first in Blue Zones where people commit to a life partner, invest in their children, and keep their elders close.
     Right Tribe: Finding the right social circles supports healthy behaviors and contributes to longevity.

     Learn more about the Blue Zones Project in this short video:

     A group called the Yakima Health and Wellbeing Coalition, sponsored by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, is currently working to bring the Blue Zones Project to Yakima County.

     A FREE community presentation about the Blue Zones Project will be held on May 8th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Seasons Performance Hall. Event details:
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Selah, WA 98942

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