8A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 1, 2015 Polk County Living COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK Night of comedy on tap at Pressed Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas, is hosting a night of comedy Wednesday (today) at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature Art Klug, who has appeared at The Improv in Los Ange- les, The Riviera in Las Vegas and has performed national- ly on Showtime’s Comedy Club Network. He brings a unique observational take to the stage. Also scheduled to appear is Portland comedian Alex Falcone. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For reservations or more information: 503-751-1666. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Salem author will speak in Dallas S a l e m a u t h o r He i d i Schulz will give a talk Thurs- day at 4 p.m. at Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St. Schulz is the author of “Hook’s Revenge,” published by Disney-Hyperion, and has a sequel coming out in September. The library will have copies of “Hook’s Revenge” available for purchase and Schulz will be signing books at the end of her talk. She also has a blog that can be followed at http://blog.hei- dischulzbooks.com/about/. For more information: 503-623-2633. ‘Coffee hour’ event set in Monmouth Monmouth resident Mei Xing is hosting an “interna- tional coffee hour” Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Monmouth Pub- lic Library, 168 S. Ecols St. Do you want to meet peo- ple with different cultural backgrounds? Do you want to meet people from other countries? Do you want to meet new friends in the community? If so, this is the event for you. The Monmouth Interna- tional Coffee Hour is in- spired by various similar events held at other univer- sities in Oregon. Xing, the event organizer, is from Tai- wan and just moved to Mon- mouth a few months ago. She has always enjoyed meeting new people, espe- cially people from different countries and cultures. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/ events/396313570542228/. Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap Monmouth Senior Center will host its monthly all-you- can-eat community break- fast fundraiser on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is a suggested dona- tion of $6 per person, $3 for children under 12. The meal includes scrambled eggs, link sausage, pancakes, bis- cuits and gravy, and orange juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit the Monmouth Senior Center building expansion fund. The center is located at 180 S. Warren St. For more information: 503-838-5678. SUSAN STOCKER/ for the Itemizer-Observer Dr. Lonnie Smith has been featured on more than 70 albums during his more than five decades in the music business. He will perform Friday night at WOU. Legendary jazz organist to perform in Monmouth Itemizer-Observer staff report MONMOUTH — The master of the Hammond B-3 organ is coming to Monmouth. Dr. Lonnie Smith will let his fingers and feet do the talking when he and the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio per- form Friday night at Rice Auditorium as part of the Western Oregon Universi- ty Smith Fine Arts Series. Smith, 72, is an unparal- leled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. Considered an au- thentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Smith has been featured on more than 70 albums and has recorded and per- formed with a virtual “who’s who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the music industry. KVCS site of Easter egg hunt Saturday Kings Valley Char ter School is the site for a com- munity Easter egg hunt scheduled Saturday. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the school, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, be- tween Dallas and Philomath, and is for youths ranging in age from toddlers through fifth-graders. For more information: 541-929-2134. Easter service will be church’s 156th The historic Spring Valley Church will host its 156th annual Easter Sunrise serv- ice on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. The service will be led by K.P. and the Kings from Falls City. Light refreshments will be served after the service. The church is located on Brush College Road, near the junction with Zena Road in If You Go … Who: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio. What: Part of the 2014-15 Western Ore- gon University Smith Fine Arts Series. When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Rice Auditori- um, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Mon- mouth Ave., Monmouth. Admission: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. For more informa- tion: Call 503-838-8333; w w w. w o u . e d u / s f a ; send an email to fin- firstname.lastname@example.org. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “legend” and a “living mu- the West Salem hills of northeast Polk County. For more information: 503-364-8567 or 503-362- 5770. 13-week workshop on grief scheduled GriefShare, a 13-week grief seminar and support group, will be offered at two Polk County locations begin- ning next week. The first group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. begin- ning April 7 at Mountain Gospel Fellowship, 257 N. Main St., Falls City. The sec- ond group meets Sundays at 2 p.m. beginning April 12 at Weekday Bible Building, 1156 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. Cost is $30, which in- cludes registration and workbook; scholarships are available. Participants can join at anytime during the 13 weeks. For more information: 503-917-1625. sical icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a number of music publications. Smith was named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association. In 2012, Smith launched his own record label, Pil- grimage Productions. His most recent CD is 2013’s “In The Beginning, Vol- umes 1 & 2.” During Friday’s per- formance, Smith will be joined onstage by guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Colin Stranahan. Friday’s concert is the second to last in the 2014- 15 Smith Fine Arts Series. Jose James and the Ameri- can Metropole Orchestra wrap up the season with a performance April 11. Blueberries topic of April 8 meeting Bernadine Strik, an Oregon State University professor and a world renowned berry expert, will speak on “Blue- berries for the Home Garden — a Recipe for Success” at the Polk County Master Gar- deners meeting on April 8. The gathering, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. at Trini- ty Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Strik is responsible for Ex- tension educational programs for the commercial berry crop industries, research and teaching. She also has an in- terest and involvement in the home horticulture program. She has developed 10 publi- cations for home gardeners and is involved in the Master Gardener training program. For more information: 503-623-8395; online at http://extension.oregon- state.edu/polk/mg. LIBRARY CALENDAR DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library • Thursday, April 2, 11:15 a.m. — Story- time • Thursday, April 2, noon — Book Discus- sion Group • Thursday, April 2, 4 p.m. — Author Heidi Schulz talk • Tuesday, April 7, 11:15 a.m. — Story- time • Tuesday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. — Storytime — INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.ci.independence.or.us/library • Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. — Fam- ily Storytime • Wednesday, April 1, 1 p.m. — Scrabble With Betty • Thursday, April 2, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1 and above) • S a t u r d a y, A p r i l 4 , 9 a . m . — Ancestry.com workshop • Tuesday, April 7, 4 p.m. — LEGO Robot- ics presentation • Wednesday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. — Fam- ily Storytime — MONMOUTH Furniture Upholstery All types: for homes, offices, equip- ment. Also, repairs, RV cushions, slipcovers, High Quality since 1966 Stephen Winters Sewing 503-838-4999 or 503-375-9266 Emmy Joseph 440 E. St • Independence, OR 97351 www.winterssewing.com Serving Polk County 16yrs 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library • Wednesday, April 1, 2 p.m. — Builders Club (children’s program) • Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. — Little Builders Club (babies to preschoolers) • Tuesday, April 7, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime — WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org • Contact library for upcoming special events and programs The family of Ronald Blessing wishes to thank the Dallas Community, Dallas Retirement Center, Falls City and Dallas Fire Departments and countless others for their love and support these past years during Ron’s illness. To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at email@example.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event. — WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 • American Red Cross Blood Drive — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. Donation appoint- ments recommended. 1-800-733-2767. • Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members. 541-404-6517. • Scrabble With Betty — 1 p.m., Independence Public Li- brary, 175 Monmouth St., Independence. Scrabble games first Wednesday of every month. Free; refreshments and prizes avail- able. 503-551-7687 or 503-838-1811. • Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible residents. 503-831-5634. • Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need on the first Wednesday of every month. 503-689-7222. • Comedy at Pressed — 7:30 p.m., Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas. Featuring national touring comedian Art Krug and Portland’s Alex Falcone. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 503-751-1666. THURSDAY, APRIL 2 • Dallas Lions Club — 11:30 a.m., Hong Kong Restaurant, 325 Main St., Dallas. Everyone welcome. 503-931-9860. • Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club — Noon, First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Weekly program and luncheon; visitors welcome. 503-838-4884. • “Mom and Me” Breastfeeding Support Group — 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323. • James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 • American Red Cross Blood Drive — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Morrison Campus Alternative School, 1251 Main St., Dallas. Do- nation appointments recommended. 1-800-733-2767. • Altered Attitudes Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon, Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. 503- 399-0599. • American Red Cross Blood Drive — 12:30 to 6 p.m., Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. Dona- tion appointments recommended. 1-800-733-2767. • Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809. • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio — Smith Fine Arts Series — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Mon- mouth Ave., Monmouth. Legendary musician and master of the Hammond B-3 organ performs. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. 503-838-8333. • Gladys Knight in Concert — 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Event Center, 27100 Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Grammy-winning soul singer performs. Tickets: $30 and up; 21-and-over. 1-800-760-7977. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 • Polk Community Free Clinic — 7 to 11 a.m., Trinity Luther- an Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Free medical and men- tal health care for uninsured and underinsured. Held on the first and fourth Saturday of the month. 503-990-8772. • Monmouth Senior Center All-You-Can-Eat Community Breakfast — 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Cost: $6, adults; $3, children under 12. 503-838-5678. • The Original Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independ- ence. First market session for the 2015 season. 503-881-9950. SUNDAY, APRIL 5 • Polk Flea Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Polk County Fair- grounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: $1; children 12 and under, free. Early admission from 6 to 9 a.m. is $5. 503-428-8224. • From the Heart Community Sing — 1:30 to 3 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Free singing lessons; all ages are welcome. 503-559-5205. MONDAY, APRIL 6 • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. • Western Oregon University Emeritus Society — 1 p.m., Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. Speaker: WOU humanities professor Henry Hughes. Topic: “Visit from the Bard.” Public welcome; refreshments served. 503-838-1630. • Willamette Valley New Horizons Orchestra — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Central High School (music room), 1530 Monmouth St., In- dependence. Local orchestra for beginning through intermedi- ate musicians. Meets every Monday. Players of all levels wel- come. $25 monthly fee to cover expenses. 503-838-4884. • Dallas High School Booster Club — 7 p.m., Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY, APRIL 7 • James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. • Polk County Public Safety Levy Community Gathering — 7 p.m., Salem Electric Building, 633 Seventh St. NW, West Salem. Details about the county public safety levy will be pre- sented. 503-507-1091. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 • American Red Cross Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Donation appointments recommended. 1-800-733-2767. • Polk County Republican Women — 11:30 a.m., Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. No-host lunch available; everyone welcome. 503-623-5759. • Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Lunch Forum — Noon, Henry Hill Resource Center, 750 S. Fifth St., In- dependence. Topic: Central School District partnerships. Lunch available for $10. 503-838-4268. • Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic — 2 to 3 p.m., West Val- ley Hospital (surgery admitting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323. • Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam — 6:30 p.m., Mon- mouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678. • Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 — 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-831-3971.