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Four Rivers Cultural Center duo plans to boost community outreach programs, events

Tanya Navarrete, marketing director at Four Rivers Cultural Center, hands out masks and care kits at the center during an event in April. Navarrete and Allison Simon, the program outreach coordinator for the center, want to build stronger ties with the community. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – When Allison Simon saw the job advertisement for a program outreach coordinator at Four Rivers Cultural Center in June, two thoughts occurred to her almost simultaneously.

“I remember thinking, this sounds perfect. But it is in Oregon,” said Simon.

For her, then living in Ohio near Lake Erie, Oregon seemed a long way away.

“I thought, well, there is no chance I’ll get it, so I applied,” said Simon.

Two days later Simon received a call from Tanya Navarrete, the center’s marketing and development . . .