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Polk County Living
8A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 8, 2017
Stretch it out
job search class
The OSU Extension Of-
fice and Polk County 4-H
will offer a job search work-
shop for students in grades
seven through 12 to explore
career and education goals
and how they plan to
achieve them on March 17
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The
workshop will take place at
the Polk County 4-H Office,
289 Ellendale Ave., Suite
Discussion topics will in-
clude educational pursuits,
job search techniques, in-
terviewing, job shadowing
and apprenticeship oppor-
The workshop will pro-
vide information about
local resources, including
Center and the iMatch Skills
program. There will also be
a resume workshop.
There is no cost to at-
tend, and it is open to the
public. Space is limited, and
an RSVP is required.
For more information or
to RSVP: 503-623-5395.
Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events
taking place in Polk County that are open to the pub-
lic. To submit an event for calendar consideration,
please send it at least two weeks before the actual
event date to the Itemizer-Observer via email
LUKAS EGGEN/ Itemizer-Observer
WVH volunteers to
Dallas Children’s Librarian Betty Simpson leads a stretch with kids on Thursday. Simp-
son helped organize a special story time to celebrate author Dr. Seuss. The story time
featured guest readers and activities.
The Salem Health West
Valley Hospital volunteers
will hold a collective goods
fundraiser sale Thursday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books,
gifts and toys will be avail-
able at 30 to 70 percent off
The sale will be located in
the main conference room
immediately inside the
front door at 525 SE Wash-
ington St., Dallas.
Proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to the
scholarship fund, which ben-
efits Polk County high school
seniors wishing to pursue a
medical related field.
grant distribution will sup-
port a variety of projects
benefitting youth, seniors,
and those in need.
foundation was estab-
lished in 1996 to support
the Dallas community, and
has since given back nearly
$1 million in grants and
The foundation’s finan-
cial support is made possi-
ble by the generous giving
of the Dallas community.
For more information:
The Dallas Community
Foundation will award
grants to 23 local nonprofit
organizations at a presenta-
tion at 1 p.m. on Thursday
at the Dallas Retirement Vil-
lage Lodge Clubhouse, 225
NW Jasper St in Dallas.
The public is invited to
attend. This year’s $45,000
Dallas library to
Dallas Public Library, 950
Main St., Dallas, will host
author Gina Ochsner
Thursday at 7 p.m. Ochsner
will give a presentation fea-
turing readings from her
books and stories. Her
novel, “The Hidden Letters
of Velta B,” is a finalist for
the Oregon Book Award.
Ochsner teaches at Cor-
ban University where she
also directs the Portals Writ-
A selection of her books
will be available for pur-
chase and signing by the
There is no cost to at-
For more information:
to honor WWI
American Legion Post 20
will hold a potluck dinner
Saturday at 5 p.m. at the
Greenway Mobile Home
Park clubhouse, 450 LaCre-
ole Drive, Dallas.
This year’s theme will be
remembering World War I.
Historical items will be on
display, and the Orchard
Mountain String Band will
All Legion and Auxiliary
members are invited to at-
The National Guard in
Dallas was active and sent
to France for the duration
of the war. One of the
hometown soldiers was
Carl B. Fenton, who sur-
vived the war but contract-
ed the Spanish Influenza.
He later died from the flu in
May 1919. In August of that
year, veterans formed a
local post of the American
Legion in Dallas and decid-
ed to name and dedicate it
as the Carl B. Fenton Post
For more information: Al
Friends to hold
Friends of the Independ-
ence Public Library will
hold a movie fundraiser
Monday at 7 p.m. at Inde-
pendence Cinema, 450 S.
Second St., Independence.
The film, “The Quiet
Man,” will be shown at 7
p.m. Tickets are available at
the Independence Library,
175 Monmouth St., Inde-
950 Main St. • 503-623-2633
• Thursday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. — Chil-
dren’s Story Time.
• Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m. — Author
Visit: Gina Ochsner.
• Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. — Chil-
dren’s Story Time.
• Wednesday, March 15, 3:45 p.m. —
Teen Advisory Board.
• Wednesday, March 15, 4 p.m. — PAWS
to READ (Davos).
• Wednesday, March 15, 4:30 p.m. —
Teen Book Club.
175 Monmouth St. • 503-838-1811
• Wednesday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. —
Family Story Time.
• Wednesday, March 8, 4 p.m. — Wacky
Wednesdays (Legos Castle Challenge).
• Thursday, March 9, 4:30 p.m. — Chess
• Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m. — Mystery
• Friday, March 10, 4 p.m. — Adult Col-
• Saturday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. — Cuen-
tos en Español.
• Tuesday, March 14, 2 p.m. — Tiny Tots.
• Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. —
Family Story Time.
• Wednesday, March 15, 4 p.m. —
Wacky Wednesdays (Family movie,
Pick up &
168 S. Ecols St. • 503-751-0182
• Thursday, March 9, 10:15 a.m. — Pre-
school Story Time.
• Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m. — Once
Upon a Thursday Book Club.
• Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m. — Junior
• Tuesday, March 14, 10:15 a.m. — Tales
WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY
111 N. Main St., Falls City
503-787-3521, ext. 319
• See the library’s Facebook page for up-
INDEPENDENCE ELKS #1950 BPOE
ANNUAL Charity Auction
Please join us for a fun, family friendly evening.
SATURDAY • MARCH 18
5:PM Dinner $8 - Beef Stroganoff w/all the trimmings
7:PM Auction - Money raised will go towards the
expansion of our nationally acclaimed eye clinic.
289 S Main St, Independence • 503-838-1950
2017 Relay For Life Of Polk County — June 3-4
is back at the Dallas High School Track
....and with it comes the opportunity to be a part of the largest worldwide fight against cancer! It’s no
coincidence that since the first Relay For Life over 30 years ago, the survivor rate has risen from 45%
to nearly 70%. In Oregon alone, millions of dollars are being invested in prevention and especially
treatments that are more personalized and thus more effective.
Sitting on the sidelines in Polk County is no longer an option. We can hope ~ or we can help through
our support of Relay For Life as a sponsor, a team member, or simply as a guest of the event. The
following sponsors are already on board for 2017. Now it’s your turn!
The deadline for submitting a sponsorship is April 15.
Please join me in thanking these sponsors for joining the Relay For Life fight vs cancer:
West Valley Hospital
West Valley Physicians & Surgeons Clinic
Dallas School District
Polk County Itemizer -Observer
Eola Hills Wine Cellars
Dallas Retirement Village
Bollman Funeral Home
Polk County Association of Realtors
Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar
Dutch Bros Coffee
Monmouth Medical Center
West Valley Surgical Specialty Clinic
The Majestic/Ray Stratton
Partnership in Community Living, Inc.
Royal Flush/Tony Teal
Les Schwab Tire Centers of Dallas,
Independence & West Salem
Relay For Life of Polk
County will take place at
the Dallas High School
Track June 3~4.
If you or someone you
know is interested in
Amy Bickleman at
541-272-9240 or online at
or visit our website at
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
• Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon,
Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For
eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-
• Polk County Republican Women — 11:30 a.m., Murphy’s
Restaurant, 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. Brent Demoe, Director
of Polk County Community Services, will speak. No-host lunch
available; everyone welcome. 503-623-5759.
• Respite care — 1 to 3 p.m., 182 SW Academy St., Suite 216,
Dallas. Free child care for parents who need time to run errands,
pay bills, etc. Free. Open for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
503-877-8473 to reserve space. Diapers are provided.
• 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 community members.
• Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic — 2 to 3 p.m., Salem
Health West Valley (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 Warren St. S., 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.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9
• Independence Downtown Association — 8 a.m., Inde-
pendence Grill, 154 S. Main St., Independence. A meeting of
business people regarding the vitality of Independence and its
downtown area. 503-580-8525.
• Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club — Noon, First
Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Visiting Ro-
tarians, guests and prospective Rotarians are welcome to these
luncheon meetings. Free. 503-838-4884.
• Mom and Me — 1 to 2:30 p.m. Salem Health West Valley,
525 SE Washington St., Dallas (enter through emergency door on
Clay Street). Breastfeeding support group. Free. 503-831-5593.
• 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.
• Young Professionals Networking — 5:30 to 7: p.m., Har-
vest CrossFit, 172 SW Court St., Dallas. After-hours social event
for Polk County young professionals, aged 21-45. 503-623-2564,
Gage Martin or MacLarin Jones, 509-859-3779.
• Homework, Hoops and Hotdogs — 5:30 to 8 p.m., The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1401 SW 13th St.,
Dallas. Free help with homework for students in middle and
high school. 503-917-9822, Nona Springer.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
• Take Oﬀ Pounds Sensibly Club Meeting — 9:45 to 11 a.m.
Church of Christ, 127 Heﬄey St. N., Monmouth. First meeting is
• Altered Attitudes Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon, Dallas
United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. 503-
• Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet
— 6:30 p.m., Eola Hills Wine Cellars, 501 S. Paciﬁc Highway W.,
Rickreall. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. $40. www.micc-or.org.
• The Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke Night — 6:30
to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For
adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admis-
sion: $3 (staﬀers and family admitted free). Snacks available for
• Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 6:30 to 10
p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley High-
way, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
• Donation Yoga — 11 a.m. to noon, Dallas Yoga and Bal-
ance Studio, 115 SE Court St., Dallas. Bring a few cans of food or
cash to donate to the food bank. 503-999-8016.
• Guthrie Park Country Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m., Guthrie
Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Ad-
mission: $5 per person; $15 immediate family rate; children 12
and under free. 503-623-0809.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
• Buell Grange Breakfast — 8 to 11 a.m., Buell Grange Hall,
5970 Mill Creek Road, just oﬀ Highway 22 northwest of Dallas.
$6. 503-623-8462 or 503-843-4703.
MONDAY, MARCH 13
• Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge
1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.
• Willamette Valley New Horizons Orchestra — 6:30 to
8:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St. S., Mon-
mouth. Local orchestra for beginning through intermediate
musicians. Meets every Monday. Players of all levels welcome.
$25 monthly fee to cover expenses. 503-838-4884.
• Brew and BS: The New Testament — 7 p.m., St. Thomas
Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. A lecture series on
New Testament ﬁgures. Bring brew of choice — coﬀee, tea,
chai, beer, wine, cider. 435-503-4304.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14
• Indoor Play Park — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., First Presbyte-
rian Church, 879 SW Levens St., Dallas. Open to children pre-
kindergarten and younger with parent/adult. Tuesdays through
• Caregiver Connection — 2 to 3:30 p.m., Salem Health West
Valley (Quiet Room, use ER entrance), 525 SE Washington St.,
Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Free. 503-
• Free Blood Pressure Checks — Salem Health West Valley,
525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Second Tuesday of the month.
• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St.
Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone
• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:45 to 6:30 p.m.,
Falls City Methodist Church, 242 North Main St., Falls City. Free.
• Take Oﬀ Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club — 6 to 7 p.m.
weigh-in, 7 to 8 p.m. meeting, First Christian Church basement,
1079 SE Jeﬀerson St., Dallas. Meetings oﬀer programs and activ-
ities aimed at losing weight. Open to anyone. First meeting is
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