The Scene in Selah: Downtown Assn. to Host Community Swap Meet Saturday

By Whitney Stohr, for the Yakima Herald-Republic

First published in the Yakima Herald-Republic on June 8, 2017.

SELAH, Wash. — Mark your calendars for another Community Swap Meet, this one from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St. in downtown Selah.

The event, sponsored by the Selah Downtown Association, will help raise funds to support community programming at the civic center. A donation of $1 per person for ages 12 and older will be collected, and booth spaces are available for $10 each.

The swap meet is also on the calendar for the second Saturday of July and August.

The monthly Community Swap Meets are part of the downtown group’s “Save Our Center” campaign, a fundraising initiative to raise awareness, support and funding for the Selah Civic Center.

The center is located in the heart of Selah’s downtown district; numerous groups use the building for meetings, events, activities and fundraisers of their own.

Groups move in and out of the building all day long. The space serves as a community event hub, recreational facility and senior center. The city’s local food and clothing banks, housed in the building’s small side rooms, are open several days each week, and other community service groups, such as People for People, rely on the space.

Each month, the Selah Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and American Legion meet at the center, and every Sunday the front doors are opened for members of Harvest Community Church.

Among all of this, others like the Yakima Valley School, Bible study groups, youth sports teams, fitness groups and the downtown association use the space for meet-up activities, public events and community service opportunities.

Yet while many recognize the building’s value to the community, what is not widely discussed is the building’s need for continual investment, maintenance and capital improvements.

Everyone involved with SDA, including our staff, volunteers and board members, benefits personally from the Selah Civic Center through our community involvement. As a shared, community asset, it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the building remains open and usable for years to come.

That is why, at the beginning of the year, we launched the SDA “Save Our Center” campaign as an ongoing initiative and fundraising drive to raise money to give back to the civic center through the purchase of items and materials to improve programming and services.

Each one of us has the opportunity to be a community leader. We all have special knowledge, gifts and talents that we can contribute. “Save Our Center” is one way that we at SDA are choosing to step forward and make a difference in the community.

Please join us. We welcome your participation and encourage you to get involved.

Other upcoming events in downtown Selah:

Club Selah: Fundraiser car wash; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; near Selah McDonald’s, 505 S. First St.

Club Selah Volleyball: Car wash to raise funds for a U-17 tournament trip to Phoenix this month; pre-sale tickets cost $10 (email; drive-ins welcome; get more information at

“Fields of Poppies” Paint Party: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday; Nana Kate’s, 432 E. Goodlander Road; hosted by Mandie’s Art Parties.

Artist Mandie Dolezal: Special Selah Second Saturday painting class; guests will be led through the step-by-step process of painting a “Fields of Poppies” piece; space limited; register at

Selah’s Wednesday Market: Opens for the season on June 14, from 5-8 p.m., at King’s Row, 210 S. First St.; market will be open from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 20.


Whitney Stohr is executive director of Selah Downtown Association. Email or visit