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Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 25, 2015 9A
Polk County Living
It’s springtime in MI Town
and Mother Nature has
worked her usual magic on
every street and neighbor-
hood, with an abundance of
fragrant blossoms and flow-
ering trees for everyone to
enjoy. There’s a special feel-
ing of hope and renewal
everywhere you go, and a
time for new beginnings.
It’s pretty quiet on the
campus of Western Oregon
University this week, with
students enjoying a week of
spring break and time to
relax with family and friends
before the next term begins.
Faculty and staff members of
local elementary and sec-
ondary schools are gearing
up for the upcoming spring
and early summer programs
as well, while students are
spending some carefree time
of their own. Spring fever and
thoughts of summertime are
beginning to creep in around
the edges, and it’s hard to
concentrate on learning
when sunshine floods the
There’s no shortage of ac-
tivities going on in MI Town’s
libraries this week for spring
vacation. Check library web-
sites and stop in whenever
the libraries are open to see
just how many interesting
and fun things you can do
without even leaving our
Check your bookcases
and those stacks of books
you received for Christmas
that you know you won’t
ever get around to reading,
especially now that it’s time
for outdoor activities. The
Friends of the Monmouth
Library is looking for dona-
tions of gently read and
nearly-new books for its up-
coming springtime sale. Sale
proceeds help fund chil-
dren’s programs throughout
the year. Sale dates are Fri-
day, May 1, from noon to 6
p.m., and Saturday, May 2,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Su m m e r t i m e i s j u s t
around the corner, and it’s
never too early to check out
job opportunities. There will
be openings for lifeguards,
instructors and a pool man-
ager at the YMCA’s Independ-
ence pool this summer, with
wages of $9.25 to $10 per
hour. Those hired must work
from June 1 through Aug. 30.
Application deadline is April
15, and more information is
available by calling 503-838-
4042 or sending an email to
Marion-Polk Food Share is
providing free lunches,
books and other activities to
children (ages 1 through 18)
from noon until 1 p.m.
through Fr iday dur ing
spring break at Henry Hill
School, 750 S. Fifth St., Inde-
pendence, and at Colonial
Amistad, 30 Gun Club Road,
Independence. For more in-
Last week’s Semiannual
Soup and Pie Sale at the
Monmouth Senior Center
was enjoyed by so many
friends and neighbors — and
brought in welcome money
for the building fund. Hearty
good wishes and a round of
applause to the hard-working
volunteer cooks and pie bak-
ers in MI Town, and everyone
who works so hard to make
this a success.
Luckiamute Valley Charter
School’s Pedee Campus an-
nounced its second term
honor roll recently.
honors were Enrique Beru-
men and Mathew Peyton,
while eighth-graders earning
recognition were Elizabeth
Geddes, Mariah Hyre, Mar-
garet Lippsmeyer and Shane
Enrique, Mathew, Eliza-
beth, Mariah, Margaret and
Shane were also on the
honor roll for the first term,
as well as seventh-graders
Se t h E l l i n g s w o r t h a n d
Daniel Albor-Torres and
eighth-graders Daisha Gray
and McKenzie Johnson.
The Pedee kids are look-
ing forward to a big field trip
coming up, which we’ll hear
Last week, Paul, my hus-
band, and I drove to Noah’s
Angus Ranch in Cambridge,
Idaho, above Payette, to see
and possibly buy some
heifers. The trip was long, but
the driving weather nice. We’d
never seen such rocks on a
ranch before, but they made
good use of them as corner
posts, some fences and even
to build their house with.
Randy and Kate Noah’s cattle
were the best. While there, we
stayed at Cambridge House
Bed and Breakfast, the place
to go if you’re ever in Cam-
bridge, “Gateway to Hells
Canyon.” It was gorgeous and
Steve and Audrey
Cameron enjoyed a “grand-
kids get-together” at Gilbert
House Children’s Museum in
Salem. Noah and Clayton
c a m e f r o m Fa l l s C i t y,
Stephanie and Ana from
Guthrie Road, and James,
Jenny and Eliana from Mil-
waukie. After playing for sev-
eral hours, they all went to
the food court in the mall
where everyone ate whatev-
er their hearts desired. After
a little spring shopping,
everyone left for home. It
was a good way to spend a
John Bodnovits wrapped
up his excellent and informa-
tive classes on selling on eBay
last Thursday night at Pedee
Church. I’ll let you know what
and when the next class is.
April 5 is Easter and the
church will have its annual
sunrise service at Womer
Cemetery at 6:30 that morn-
ing, and Easter breakfast af-
terward from 7 to 8 a.m. or
so. Dress is very casual for
those two events. Come to
either or both, even if you
don’t plan to attend the 10
a.m. Easter service.
Got something to sell? Try an I-O classified. Call 503-623-2373 to place your ad.
International Coffee Hour at Monmouth Public Library. Do you want to meet people
with different cultural backgrounds? Do you want to meet people from other coun-
tries? Do you want to meet new friends in the community? If so, this is the event for
you! Monmouth International Coffee Hour is inspired by various similar events held
in other universities in Oregon. The organizer Mei is from Taiwan, and she just
moved to Monmouth a few months ago. She has always enjoyed meeting new
people, especially people from different countries and cultures. Monmouth Public
Library, 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 168 Ecols Street S. Monmouth. Questions? Contact Mei at
The Original Independence Farmers Market opens today! 9 am to 2 pm Umpqua
Bank parking lot in historic downtown Independence.
Happy Easter from the M.B.A.
Polk Flea Market. Polk County’s oldest and largest market with 183 tables selling
antiques, collectibles, tools, etc. 9 am to 3 pm, Polk County Fairgrounds & Event
Center 520 S. Pacific Hwy W Rickreall. Website: www.polkfleamarket.com
April 11 District-Wide Kindergarten Registration Fair. 10 am - 1 pm. Register for ALL-DAY
2015-2016 Kindergarten! Lunch provided. Receive a FREE book. Meet the Kinder-
garten teachers! Get a t-shirt from your new school! All children turning 5 years old
by September 1, 2015 are invited to sign up for 2015-2016 Kindergarten. Please
bring birth certificate and immunization record, if possible. Henry Hill Educational
Support Center 750 S. 5th Street Independence, OR. Central School District
April 17-19 60th Annual River of Gems. Rocks ♦ Gems ♦ Jewelry ♦ Fossils ♦ Minerals from
Around the World ♦ Dealers ♦ Exhibits ♦ Creative Crafts ♦ Demonstrations ♦ Fluo-
rescent Show ♦ Silent Auction ♦ Grab Bags ♦ Door Prizes ♦ Kids Corner and a
Treasure Hunt on Saturday, April 18 for kids under 12. Friday, April 17, 2015 9:00
AM - 6:00 PM. Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Sunday, April 19,
2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Adults
$2.00. Kids under 12 years Free.
Free parking. Polk County Fair-
grounds and Event Center, 520 S
Pacific Hwy W., Rickreall.
April 24 Grade Day! No school
Central School District.
Roman James Gault was born to Nathan and Tessa Gault
of Independence at 1:40 p.m. on March 10 at Salem Hospi-
tal Family Birth Center.
He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21½ inches
Roman joins Bethany, 17, Samantha, 13, Ava, 5, Grant, 4,
and Garrett, 1.
Grandparents are Fred and Cheryl Baker of Coos Bay
and Les and Linda Gault of Coos Bay.
Great-grandparents are Mary Ballinger of Coos Bay, Ber-
nice Sotin of Coos Bay and Betty Baker of California.
Liam Jacob Wallace was born to Brock Wallace and Jae-
lyn Moore of Salem at 7:16 p.m. on March 13 at Salem Hos-
pital Family Birth Center.
He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20½ inches
Liam joins Camden, 1.
Grandparents are Brock and Denise Wallace of Mon-
mouth and Robert and Traci Coffelt of Salem.
Great-grandfather is Marvin Wineman of Monmouth.
Benjamin Lee Garcia was born to Christopher Garcia
and Bayleeann Neighbors of Keizer at 9:37 p.m. on March
14 at Salem Hospital Family Birth Center.
He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long.
Benjamin is the couple’s first child.
Grandparents are Robin Stalheim of Monmouth, Terry
Axford of Monmouth and Susan Franks of Keizer.
Great-grandmother is Sharlene Downs of Monmouth.
Help and encouragement after the death
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Please join us for a 13 week seminar and support group that
meets weekly. You will experience an encouraging
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Two l ocation options beginning in April.
Tues April 7 • 6:30 pm
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$30 Registration includes workbook. Scholarships available.
For more information
or to register please
call Kate or visit our
Every Tuesday 10:15 AM, Toddler Story Time for ages 18 mos. to 3 yrs. Monmouth
Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.
Every Tuesday 7:30 PM - Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for younger
members, meets at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Dallas. Al-Anon is an established
community resource for people affected by another's use of alcohol. The resource can
aid the recovery process for the entire family through hope, comfort and loving inter-
change among members having a common problem. For more information call 503-
370-7363, leave a message - you will be contacted.
Second and Fourth Tuesdays - 9:15 to 11 a.m. Mothers of Preschoolers (MoPS)
meets at Monmouth Christian Church, 959 W. Church St., Monmouth.
Every Wednesday 10:15 AM, Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6 years. Monmouth
Library, 168 S. Ecols St.
Every Wednesday Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank, 10am to noon, Monmouth
Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members;
available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.
Every Wednesday 6:30 PM - Al-Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen for
younger members, meets at Trinity Lutheran Church at 320 Fir Villa Rd. in Dallas. Al-
Anon is an established community resource for people affected by another's use of al-
cohol. The resource can aid the recovery process for the entire family through hope,
comfort and loving interchange among members having a common problem. For more
information call 503-370-7363, leave a message - you will be contacted.
Every 2nd Wednesday Monmouth-Independence Chamber lunch forum. 12 p.m. to 1
p.m. Location changes. Please call Jean Love or visit our Calendar of Events at micc-
or.org for more information. 503-838-4268
Every 3rd Wednesday each month. BINGO at the Farm, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Come
play BINGO in the Chatoe out at Rogue Farms. Join us every third Wednesday of the
month through 2014! So bring your family and friends and get ready to win! Boards,
daubers, and prizes provided! Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room, 3590 Wigrich Road
Every Thursday 7 p.m. 314 Cottonwood Way, Monmouth. Polk and Marion County
Women meet to discuss and research alternative/safer approaches to conventional
treatments of hormonal imbalance.
Every 2nd Thursday 7:00 PM Luckiamute Watershed Council (LWC) open meeting.
Monmouth Volunteer Hall. Info: 503-838-8804
Every 3rd Thursday After Hour Mixers with Monmouth-Independence Chamber of
Commerce. Chamber members and friends are invited to join us for our FREE monthly
after-hours mixers. Mixers are held the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 PM to
7:00 PM at member locations. Registration is requested to help the host site properly
prepare. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small giveaway (less than $10) to promote
your business or organization. For location and or more information, contact Jean Love
503-838-4268 or visit our Calendar of Events at micc-or.org for more information.
Every Friday TOPS-Weight Loss Group meets at the Monmouth Church of Christ,
127 Heffley St. N., Monmouth. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information please feel free
to contact Marilyn at 503-930-7936.
Every 1st Saturday 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Monmouth Senior Center host breakfast.
All you can eat, Adults $6 Donation, Children 12 & under $3 Donation. For more info:
First Saturday 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m.-Crafter’s Cottage at
the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St. Handmade items, watercolors,
needlepoint, towels, bead jewelry, dolls, blankets, sweaters, jellies, etc....New items