A guide to area events and opportunities

All invited to

vendor fair event

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's hospitality and catering classes warmly invite the public to attend their vendor fair fundraising project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13 in the forum area of the school.

The fair will be a group of different vendors offering their products and services for sale and a great opportunity for the public to find and choose Christmas gifts from a large variety of items, all in one place.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the hospitality and catering program events not covered by current funds. All are encouraged to attend the event. The Dallas High School is located at 1250 S.E. Holman Avenue. For more information, call Susan Spain between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays at the high school at 503-623-8336.

Butter braids sold

by DHS seniors

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School senior all night party committee is selling frozen "Butter Braids" as a fundraiser for the seniors' annual "after-graduation alcohol-free, drug-free" event.

Butter Braids are $6 each and will be on sale through Nov. 29. Delivery will be on Dec. 15. To order, contact any parent of a DHS senior or call Brenda Hyland at 503-623-8814.

Thanksgiving meal

at Trinity Lutheran

DALLAS -- Trinity Lutheran Church will offer its 13th annual free Thanksgiving meal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in the fellowship hall at 450 S.E. Washington St. A Thanksgiving worship service will be held at 7 p.m., following the dinner.

Child care is provided. Transportation is available upon request. For more information, call the church office at 503-623-2233.

Be a lunch buddy

in Falls City

FALLS CITY -- Lunch buddies are needed in Falls City. The lunch buddy program matches a caring adult with a student aged 6 to 14. They have lunch together at the child's school once a week. As a lunch buddy you have an opportunity to get to know and care about a young person who needs something that only you can give -- your time. Call lunch buddy coordinator Marla Dow at 503-787-3531 for more details.

Annual poppy drive

benefits veterans

POLK COUNTY -- The annual "Forget Me Not" poppy drive to support Disabled American Veterans is going on now in conjunction with Veteran's Day rememberances.

Veterans will offer the poppy pins for sale at Dallas IGA, Bi-Mart in Monmouth and Safeway on Nov. 9 and 10 and 16 and 17.

All proceeds benefit Disabled American Veterans.

Hospital plans focus

of PCRW meeting

RICKREALL -- Plans for a new hospital will be discussed at the Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Polk County Republican Women. The public is invited to attend.

Valley Community Hospital President and CEO Kim Flitcroft will provide the presentation.

Officers will also be elected.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Farrol's Restaurant next to the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Free disaster

trainings set

SALEM -- The Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering four free disaster training classes for volunteers during the month of November. Classes are scheduled for:

Saturday, Nov. 18: from 8:30 a.m. to noon -- Mass Care Overview; and from 1 to 5 p.m. -- Shelter Operations.

Sunday, Nov. 19: from 8:30 to noon on -- Shelter Simulation; and from 1 to 5 p.m. -- E.R.V. (Emergency Response Vehicle) Workshop.

The purpose of the mass care overview is to provide basic information to prepare you to serve in the mass care function. Shelter operations and simulation courses prepare you to manage a shelter operation that meets the needs of displaced people. The E.R.V. workshop is a course that prepares you to drive the emergency response vehicle.

These classes will be offered at the Red Cross office, 1290 Hoyt St. SE. The prerequisite for all the disaster classes is the Introduction to Disaster course.

To register or for more information, call 503-585-5414.

The Red Cross also offers presentations on disaster preparedness to community groups, churches and schools. To arrange a presentation, contact the Red Cross emergency services staff, Jeff Kresner or Roger Williamson at 503-585-5414.

Kiwanis selling new

entertainment books

DALLAS -- Entertainment books, which offer coupons and values throughout the area, are on sale through the Dallas Kiwanis Club.

The books hold savings on everything from fine dining and fast food to rental cars, airline packages, clothing and sporting equipment.

The books make great gifts as well, since they can be purchased for any area in the country.

Cost is $35 for local books. Sale from Dallas Kiwanis Club books support projects and scholarships for local youth.

Call or stop by Brixius Jewelers and ask for Bob at 837 Main St., 503-623-3117 or the Itemizer Observer and ask for Nancy or Virginia, 147 S.E. Court St., Dallas, 503-623-2373 or ask any Dallas Kiwanis member.

VCH presents

CPR, first aid

DALLAS -- Would you be able to respond in an emergency? The American Red Cross will teach first aid and CPR at Valley Community Hospital in November and December.

Class participants will learn rescue breathing, CPR and first aid procedures by viewing and discussing life-like emergencies and practicing skills. Upon successful demonstration of knowledge and skills participants will receive adult CPR and first aid certificates.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 16.

The fee is $30 per person and pre-registration is necessary. To register, mail a check or money order to the Willamette Chapter of the Red Cross, 1290 Hoyt St. S.E., Salem, OR 97302 or call 503-585-5414 and charge it to VISA or MasterCard.

Urgent need for

Nite Court volunteers

DALLAS -- A number of young people had to be turned away from the Dallas Nite Court program Sept. 30 due to an insufficient number of adults to supervise them.

The Dallas Nite Court program is in urgent need of adults to sign up as volunteers to hellp with the program. If enough parents would be willing to help, those volunteers would only need to dedicate one Saturday evening each month, said Lt. Tom Simpson of the Dallas Police Department.

Established guidelines require an 8 to 1 ratio of youth to adults. At the close of the season last year, an average of 50 to 60 children were attending the Dallas Nite Court activities, which build relationships with adults while giving adoloscents a safe, healthy and affordable Saturday night option.

Dallas Nite Court activities are held each Saturday evening at Dallas High School from 8 to 11 p.m. Call Simpson or Office April Welsh at 503-831-3516.

Facilitators, volunteers

needed for Parents Anonymous

POLK COUNTY -- Parents Anonymous needs two facilitators and volunteers to help with parents support groups, the Nurturing Children's program and the prevention hotline.

Parents Anonymous of Oregon is a child abuse prevention program that is launching groups in Dallas and Independence. Trainings will begin later this month for the positions. Spanish-speaking volunteers are encouraged to apply.

Call Molly at 503-623-9664, ext. 327 or the state number at 503-452-4785.

Handicapped Swim

program offered

MONMOUTH -- The ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) of Polk County is sponsoring the free "Handicapped Swim" program for all people with disabilities in Polk County.

Swims will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., every Wednesday, currently through Nov. 29, in the pool at Western Oregon University. The only exception will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, the week of Thanksgiving.

Coastal Valley Special Olympics covers insurance for this program's use of the pool. For registration or more information, call Edie at 503-838-0696. All participants must register with Edie.

Donate, celebrate

and win for SABLE

DALLAS -- Celebrate a season of giving and help support SABLE House and win, all at the same time.

For every item donated from the SABLE House "wish list" through Dec. 15, through Dallas Therapeutic Massage, you will be entered into a drawing for one of the following: A one hour therapeutic massage gift certificate; one box of Ultra Vitality (liquid daily supplement); one canister Future Star (liquid daily supplement); or one 4-ounce jar of Sombra Pain Relieving Gel. The drawing is scheduled to be held on Dec. 20.

SABLE House, Polk County's domestic violence shelter's wish list includes meat of any kind, household items, laundry soap, blow dryers, curling irons, bath towels, sheets, strollers, toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, shampoo, hair conditioner, hairspray, and a turn-style brochure rack.

Items may be donated and dropped off at Dallas Therapeutic Massage located at 128 SE Mill St. For more information, call Shelley at 503-623-6119.

DALLAS -- The City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Program is looking for old photographs of Dallas swimming pools.

Photos are needed of the old pool created by damming the creek in the park as well as pictures of the above ground and wading pools which were located near the current park office.

Those taken prior to 1963, when then existing Dallas Municipal Pool opened are needed to create an archive of swimming oportunities in our community.

All photos will be returned. If you have pictures you can share, send them to Dallas Municipal Pool, PO Box 67, Dallas OR 97338, e-mail or call 503-831-3570.

Displaced timber

workers invited

to stop by center

DALLAS -- Displaced timber workers from Willamette Industries and Boise Cascade are invited to stop by an information and meeting center at 689 Main St.

Everyone is welcome to stop by between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Call 831-1770 for more details.

Share interests, time

with Evergreen residents

INDEPENDENCE -- Members of the community can add more meaning to their lives and make special friendships by serving as volunteers at Evergreen Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center, a local 75-bed nursing facility.

"Whether volunteers want to offer their special talent, or just their time, their presence will definitely brighten up the days of our residents," said activity director Rosanna Bartram.

And the feelings are mutual. "Many of our volunteers have developed lasting relationships with our residents over the years through their volunteer services," Bartram said. "Our residents and volunteers touch each others' lives."

Bartram said volunteers are needed to participate in activities ranging from gardening and crafts to exercise and music. "Activities do not necessarily have to be elaborate. Our residents enjoy just chatting with friendly visitors or playing a game of cards," she said.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at Evergreen Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center, contact Rosanna Bartram at 838-0001, extension 18, or stop by the facility at 1525 Monmouth Street in Independence across the street from Central High School.

Special needs kids can

make special friends

POLK COUNTY -- A program operating in Polk and Marion counties called Family Friends serves families with special needs children. Sponsored by Easter Seals Oregon, it matches volunteer senior citizens from all walks of life with children that have special needs, to act as surrogate grandparents.

These Family Friends provide support to a family not only with personal support for the child, but also with respite time and additional support for the parent. This allows the parent to take a couple of hours for themselves, spend time with other children or just to read a good book. Having a regular Family Friend helps reduce the traumas and stresses caused by this special situation.

Does your family include a "special needs" child? Would you like an opportunity to become part of this growing group of "special needs" families? Would you like a little respite from around-the-clock responsibilities of caring for a "special needs" child as well as an understanding grandparent figure to share time with your child? Call Erin Emory at Family Friends at 503/370-7889 and find out about a program that serves the "special needs" community.

Volunteers are needed to serve as members of the Polk County Citizen Review Board (CRB). Volunteers are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court to review cases and make recommendations to the court and child serving agencies regarding children places in foster care, group homes and residential treatment centers. The CRB is working to safeguard every child's need to grow up in a safe, permanent home. Additional, the CRB provides an invaluable link between communities and policy makers by advocating for effective policy and practice in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Polk County and throughout the state.

Volunteers are asked to make a two year commitment, one day per month. No experience is necessary, just a sincere interest in children, families and the systems designed to serve them. Write to Rachel Homan, CRB Coordinator, 123 NE Third Avenue, Suite 280, Portland, OR 97232, or call 503-731-8382.

Chemeketa Community College

Monmouth Independence Program

Christmas Greens Workshop -- Sequence 6844: Get your home ready for the holidays. What could be better than a beautiful swag or centerpiece? This class demonstrates how to make a swag and gives students an opportunity to make their own holiday table centerpiece with fresh greenery. Class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Monmouth Senior Center; cost $35.

For more information, contact Ginna Quiroga-Sierra at 503-623-5567.

SALEM -- Dallas-A Volunteer Recognition dinner was held at BeckenRidge Vineyard for the volunteers at Dallas Retirement Village on October 19. Eighty-eight attended the event that was made possible by many generous donations from the Dallas/Monmouth area.

The theme, "A Taste of Italy" included entertainment by Lauren Slyh, Laura Johnson and Rhonda Hayes. Caroline Buchanan, Volunteer Coordinator for the retirement center stated, "It was desired that the setting be beautiful, but more, that the evening would convey a taste of our sincere appreciation for all our volunteers do. The support of our staff and the generosity of our community made it possible."

Volunteers of the Year for 2000 were announced.

They were: Herman Schrag, Donna Libolt, Terri Wiens & children, Chelsea, Ashley & Adam, Mildred McAllister and Jennifer Canaga.

Dallas Retirement Village would like to thank Ken & Becky Jacroux of BeckenRidge Vineyard, Self-Help Store, artist C.W. Francis, Sysco Foods and Chuck Cox of Franz Bread for their donations to the event.


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