A guide to local opportunities and events

Bulgarian folk celebration

at Western Oregon University

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host a daylong celebration of Bulgarian folk music and dance on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Monmouth campus.

The event is sponsored by the International Students Organization at WOU and by the Center for Bulgarian Culture in America.

The afternoon workshops will begin in Rice Auditorium with a Bulgarian folk dance session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two sessions will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., one focusing on Bulgarian folk singing and the other focusing on playing Bulgarian folk music in an ensemble. Participants in the latter are encouraged to bring their own instrument, Bulgarian or other.

The evening hours will feature a Gala Concert of Bulgarian Folk Dance, Song and Music at 6:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium, featuring the Bosilek Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble with vocalist Petrana Koutcheva and musicians Ivaylo Koutchev and Krasimir Karamfilov. The only exclusively women's Bulgarian folk dance performing ensemble in the United States, the ensemble strives to bring the beauty of the Bulgarian folklore to its American audiences.

Following the gala concert will be a Bulgarian folk dance party in the Werner University Center's Pacific Room, where participants of the afternoon workshops can join concertgoers to celebrate the Bulgarian traditions and show off what they learned during the day.

Costs for the afternoon workshops are $5 general admission and $3 for students. Tickets for the evening performance in Rice Auditorium are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors, students and children. To learn more about the Bulgarian Folk Celebration at Western Oregon University, call 503-606-4546.

Writers, readers

invited to read

favorite works

INDEPENDENCE -- Writers and readers of all ages are invited to the Heritage Museum at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 to read their own work, favorite poems or story. Poems and prose can be read in the warm, historic atmosphere of the 1888 former First Baptist Church. Stories should be limited to one to two type written pages or several poems. Please come to keep poetry, storytelling, and the oral tradition alive with your writing and participation. All listeners and readers are welcome.The Heritage Museum is located at 112 S. Third St. For more information, call Dennis at 503-838-4989 or Gwynne at 503-606-0332.

Whitworth has

volunteer needs

DALLAS -- Whitworth Elementary School has a variety of volunteer openings. Volunteers are needed to help with Family Science Night. Helpers will assist the Gilbert House with fun family science stations. This is a one time volunteer opportunity from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27.

School Crossing Guard -- Insure the safety of youth and become a school crossing guard. This is an easy and fun way to save lives and get involved in your community. If you have a half-hour in the morning or afternoon and want to make a difference, volunteer.

Lunch Buddy -- Brighten your day and make a positive impact in just one hour a week. This is your chance to play on the playground, eat a sack lunch, and make a new friend. Become a mentor in the Lunch Buddy program.For more information about any of the above exciting volunteer opportunities, call Molly at 503-623-6694, extension 327.

Free cervical cancer

update at Salem Hospital

SALEM -- Salem Hospital is holding a free presentation titled, "Cervical Cancer Update," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the hospital. About 4,600 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States during the year. William Pierce, M.D., and Gordon Wolf, M.D., will discuss concerns about diagnosis, current research and treatment of cervical cancer.

The free talk is sponsored by the Salem Hospital Foundation and registration is not required. The lecture will be held in the hospital's Wedel Conference Center at 665 Winter St. SE. For more information, call the hospital at 503-561-5269.

DHS Class of '71

sets planning session

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School Class of 1971 will have an organizational meeting for its 30-year reunion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 1687 SE Miller Avenue.

"If you are interested we could use your help," invites planners. For more information, call Greg Brunner at 503-623-5422, Les Murray at 503-623-5152, Carol Kahler Trowbridge at 503-623-3473 or Pam Chandler Manville at 503-831-1975, days or 503-623-3562, evenings.

Library collecting names

for annual Hobby Day

DALLAS -- The Dallas Public Library will be hosting its sixth annual Hobby and Collectibles Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Hobby Day is an opportunity for community residents to share their collecting interests or to start new hobbies. Each year, on the first Saturday in February, the library sets up a special display of hobby materials and offers table space for individuals wishing to exhibit their unique hobbies. In past years, displays have ranged from old-time radio memorabilia, to comic books, wine collections and Civil War memorabilia to model trains.

"This is a chance for the people in our community to meet people with similar interests and inspire others to start hobbies or collections," invites library Director Donna Zehner. Table space is limited and early sign-up is encouraged. Call the library at 503-623-2633 to sign up or for more information. Or stop by the library at 950 Main St.

Alzheimer's group offers

free presentation

WEST SALEM -- The Mid-Willamette Alzheimer's Association is presenting a free topical presentation on Spirituality and Dementia from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the conference room of Mid-Willamette Alzheimer's Association at 525 Glen Creek Road, Suite 200.

Featured speaker will be Susannah Dahill, R.N.

This program is open to the public. Family members, as well as professionals are encourage to attend. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, call 503-371-7728.

Jensen Arctic Museum

welcomes new volunteers

MONMOUTH -- Feel the warm glow of voluntarism while sharing knowledge about the frozen lands of the north as a member of the Jensen Arctic Museum's volunteer team.

Located on the campus of Western Oregon University, the Jensen Arctic Museum is one of only two museums in the lower 48 states and the only one on the West Coast devoted solely to the Arctic way of life.

The museum opened in June 1985 and contains the rare Alaskan artifacts of its late curator, Paul Jensen, emeritus professor in education.

Volunteers are needed to give tours and educate visitors, said museum Curator Mariana Mace. "We need people who are willing to learn about the Arctic land, animals and culture. If you can give three hours or more a month to one of Oregon's most unique museums, we can guarantee that you will learn intriguing facts, meet interesting people and make a valuable contribution."

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with most volunteers filling one or more three-hour shifts a month (either 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m.). No prior experience is needed. "An interest in helping people enjoy their museum visit is the only prerequisite," Mace said.

To learn more about volunteering at the Jensen Arctic Museum, contact Mace at 503-838-8468.

Bereavement support

group sessions set

SALEM -- Willamette Valley Hospice is offering a series of six-week bereavement support group sessions designed to discuss grief in a safe and confidential place.

Support groups give individuals the opportunity to learn more about appropriate ways to express their feelings and focuses on grief as a normal life experience.

Topic discussions include reactions to loss, common perceptions about grief, role and life changes, social changes, stress, holidays and special occasions, strengthening coping skills and building an effective support system.

In addition to weekly bereavement sessions, Willamette Valley Hospice Bereavement Services extends their service to include a new Drop-in Support Grief Group held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., every other Thursday.

For more information, call Willamette Valley Hospice at 503-588-3600.

Monmouth Library

sets storytimes

MONMOUTH -- Children ages 4 and older are invited to visit the Monmouth Public Library at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 as the youth services librarian will share stories, provide materials for a craft and organize some games to help alleviate those winter blahs. Plan on spending an hour or so.

Storytimes at the Monmouth Public Library for families are 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to March 20; for toddlers, 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 11 to March 22; and for preschoolers, 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 11 to March 22.

No registration is necessary for either of these activities. For more information, call the youth services librarian, Diane Adams at 503-838-1932.

Ag Fest seeking

craftspeople, businesses

SALEM -- The 14th Annual Oregon Ag Fest is seeking craftspeople and horticultural businesses for their Trade, Craft and Garden Show held on April 28 and 29 at the State Fairgrounds.

More than 20,000 people attend Ag Fest annually to touch, taste, and experience the incredible world of Oregon agriculture in a fun-filled, festive environment. Ag Fest draws tourists as well as residents from all over the state.

Ag Fest encourages Trade, Craft and Garden Show participants in the categories of small, homemade crafts; garden plants and equipment; and agricultural-related companies wishing to showcase their business to the general public.

For a prospectus, contact Ag Fest executive director Debbie Leahy at 503-363-8434 or e-mail her at

Learn to make soap

through Chemeketa

Learn to make your own beautiful soaps at a class from Chemeketa Community College entitled Decor Projects: Soap Making -- Seq. 7412. This introductory class discusses the aspects related to homemade soaps. Each student will leave class with a completed project. This one-day-only class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Dallas campus. Cost is $15.

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call 503-623-5567 or visit the Dallas Chemeketa office/Dallas Academy Center at 182 SW Academy St., Suite 216.

Share warmth through

annual blanket drive

DALLAS -- Help others stay warm this winter by joining in the Seventh Annual Blanket Drive, held from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1.

Bring your clean, used blankets to any school in the Dallas School District and they will be donated to the Dallas Referral Center, H2O, or other appropriate local agency for distribution to someone who will sincerely appreciate their warmth and comfort.

Hats, gloves, mittens, and other warm clothing are welcome and monetary donations are gladly accepted, too.

The annual blanket drive is sponsored by The Dallas Wellness Team, Valley Community Hospital, and the Dallas Resource Center. For more information, call 503-623-4837 or 503-623-2028 during the daytime; or 503-623-9639 in the evening.

MOPS Sweetheart

Dinner tickets on sale

DALLAS -- Tickets are on sale for the MOPS Sweetheart Dinner to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Evangelical Bible Church. The cost is $15 per couple. Come for some great entertainment, an interesting speaker, door prizes and a steak and potato dinner including vegetables, salad, bread and dessert.

"This should be a wonderful time for you and your husband to get away for a few hours," said Julie West, coordinator. MOPS is an acronym for Mothers Of Preschoolers Child care will not be provided for this event. To purchase tickets, for more information, or if you are unable to attend a MOPS meeting, contact West at 503-623-1658.

Seniors needed as

peer counselors

SALEM -- Volunteers are needed to train as senior peer counselors. A free, five-week training program of 10 sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday mornings between March 5, 2001 and April 4, 2001.

Classes will be held at the Mid-Willamette Valley Senior Services Agency at 3410 Cherry Avenue NE.

Potential volunteers should be 55 years of age or older who have patience, nonjudgmental attitudes and empathy to coach older adults who are experiencing depression, loneliness, anxiety, grief, or changes in physical health.

Volunteers need to be able to commit to about 12 hours each month to client contact and supervision. Volunteers will also be reimbursed for all mileage travel expenses.

Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 23, 2001. For more information or to obtain an application, contact coordinator Jeff Lukehart, Ph.D., at Senior Mental Health Program at 503-304-3429 or e-mail

Master Gardners

need donations

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Master Gardeners are accepting donations for their annual May plant sale. They need the following items: metal buckets; old wooden articles such as frames, garden furniture, ladders, posts, boxes, doors, windows and shutters; unusual glass bottles; chipped China and ceramic tiles; weathered or remnant wood; mirrors; drift wood; dried flowers; old push mowers; terra-cotta pots and decorative containers suitable for planting; miscellaneous farm equipment and usable garden tools; salt and pepper shakers. Tax deductible donations support Master Gardeners in their efforts to beautify the community and educate the public.

Contact Mary Eiswerth at 503-831-3316 or Carolyn Brockway at 503-623-9621 for more information or to donate. They will pick up donations.

Butter braids, cans

and tamales for CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- The CHS Panthers have an ongoing pop can collection drive in support of the senior all-night party. Returnable cans and bottles can be dropped off at 2nd Street Auto Body at 281 S. 2nd Street in Independence between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Another ongoing fundraiser is the sale of butter braids. The braids are $8 each. Call Denise with your order at 503-838-0853.

Look for another Tamale Sale around Easter time. Contact Connie Garcia at 503-838-6108 for tamale orders. The tamales are cooked fresh at the school. Watch for more information in the spring.

CDs feature

DHS musicians

DALLAS -- A compact disc offering more than 50 minutes of musical selections from Dallas High School choral groups is in production and orders are being taken. Included are songs from the Concert Choir, Jazz Inc., and Dragonaires. Concert choir performances from the 1999 and 2000 State 4A Choir contests are on the recording, along with the Jazz Inc., and Dragonaires numbers from the spring 2000 high school concert.

All of the music for the CD has been digitally recorded and mastered by Dragon Tracks Studios, a new addition to the DHS music program. The cost for each CD is $15, payable when ordering. The CD's may be mailed for an additional $2 charge each.

To order or for more information, contact David Emmert, student project coordinator or John Skelton at Dallas High School at 503-623-8336. Or write to Dallas High School, Attention: John Skelton, 1250 SE Holman Avenue, Dallas, OR 97338.

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.

CASA volunteers

needed for kids

POLK COUNTY -- There are many children in Polk County that are abused, neglected or abandoned by their families. Then they end up in court and a judge must decide the child's future, whether they should be reunited with their parents, remain in foster care or adopted.

Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained volunteers who speak up for the abused and neglected children. They seek information and report to the judge to provide accurate, current facts which help when the decisions are made for the child.

In many instances a CASA's help reduces the amount of time a child is in foster care. CASA's make sure that children receive the services they need. CASA's make a difference in a child's life.

Polk County needs volunteers for the CASA program. The next training session will be the latter part of January. For more information about this volunteer program, call Ida Dezotell, CASA coordinator at 503-623-9268.

City of Dallas

wants pool photos

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.

Wireless phones

needed for women

SALEM -- Chemeketa Community College is joining corporations, small businesses, and individuals in the CALL TO PROTECT program's "Donate a Phone" campaign to collect old wireless phones. CALL to PROTECT distributes new and recycled pre-programmed emergency wireless phones free of charge to domestic violence victims. To these women, the phone serves as an emergency lifeline -- one that they might not have access to otherwise.

The program, started by the Wireless Foundation, Motorola and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has distributed thousands of phones, but there are an estimated 4 million domestic violence victims each year, so more phones are needed. Neither you nor the victim will be charged for any emergency calls made. All airtime is donated by local wireless carriers.

Chemeketa will be collecting phones during January at the college's Enrollment Center in Building 2, room 200. If you have a phone you're no longer using, please donate it today at Chemeketa. For more information on the Donate a Phone campaign, call 1-888-901-SAFE or visit

For more information contact Alan Scott at (503) 399-5007 or e-mail


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