Celebration was the focus as The Arc Umatilla County recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary.
The Oct. 10 event featured a hot dog dinner, music provided 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 highlighted many events and activities sponsored by The Arc, which are provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends.
A 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. Its board and members focus on improving services and opportunities for people with disabilities.
Regular activities offered by The Arc include free Zumba classes. The public is invited to attend each Wednesday from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at The Arc building, 215 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston.
In addition, an on-going bingo games help provide financial support to The Arc. It’s held each Thursday with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 7 p.m. The basic pot is $20 and prizes range from $20 to $750. Players must be 18-or-older, have proof of age and photo identification.
The Arc is sponsoring a Halloween dance. The public is invited to attend 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.
Also, the organization asks people to save the date for its annual The Arc Potato Dinner Fundraiser. The event features a potato bar meal Sunday, Nov. 5, from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and are available by calling 541-567-7615. In addition, they can be purchased at the door.
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.