Reach for the Stars at Evergreen, an event for special needs persons @ Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

it’s time to REACH FOR THE STARS at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.   A day of activities and workshops for people with special needs.  Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 10am to 3pm.   A team from OSU will build and launch rockets and a Star Wars group from Portland will be there.

Admission is only five dollars and all areas will be wheelchair accessible.  Caretakers get free admission.

for details, call the education department at 503-434-4185 or click on

Ted Talk Mac “Under the Microscope” @ Linfield College, Ice Auditorium
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This event is sold out.  In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.    The McMinnville event is called “Under the Microscope”

Mac speakers.   Amy Fleckenstein, education, “Finding Purpose in the Pain”.  Gerardo Ochoa, culture-humanities “the impact of mispronouncing a name”.  David Sumner education-literature “How to disagree productively”. Kathy Beckwith global issues-human rights “It’s time to abandon war as a means of resolving conflict”.   Becky Steckler technology “How emerging technologies are changing cities”.   Pat Crowley agriculture-environment “building zero waste-solar powered insect farms”.  Jess K. Smith art-design-entertainment “Theater of the Place”. Devon Paolo business-education “Changing definitions of a successful career path”

click HERE Mac Ted Talk details


Mac Scottish Festival @ Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon 97128
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm

The Celtic Heritage Alliance is going to build on that Scottish connection and bring the “Mac” back in McMinnville in 2018 with the McMinnville Scottish Festival! Join us June 9th and 10th at Linfield College

JUNE 8TH 9TH, 2019

McMinnville has grown to be an internationally recognized city in the heart of Willamette Valley known for its best small town main street, its place in the rich Willamette Valley wine industry, early UFO sightings, and the resting place of the Hercules (Howard Hugh’s Spruce Goose).

With all this attention it seems few have pondered why it bears the name of McMinnville? Did anyone of importance in city history have that name? Are there Scottish or Irish roots?

As it turns out, no one in the city’s history was named McMinnville. The city’s founder William T. Newby (1820–1884), an early immigrant on the Oregon Trail, named the city after his home town McMinnville, Tennessee. He must have cared for his home quite a bit to establish a city across the country with the same name.

McMinnville does indeed have Scottish roots however; McMinnville, Tennessee was named after Governor Joseph McMinn (1758-1824). His grandfather, Robert McMinn (1690-1757) emigrated from his home in Perth, Scotland, to make a home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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