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Connections

CONNECTIONS lists local events, activities and meetings of support groups, senior centers, clubs and other organizations.

Items from the Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Rickreall, Perrydale, Falls City and Eola areas and rural areas of Polk County will be included.

To submit items or make changes, call 503-623-2373, or send to P.O. Box 108, Dallas, 97338, or FAX to 503-623-2395. Deadline for calendar items is 5 p.m. the Thursday before the week the paper is published, except for weeks with Monday holidays when the deadline moves to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

SENIOR CENTERS

& SERVICES

♦ Mid-Willamette Valley Senior Services, serving meals in Dallas at LaCreole Manor Dining Hall, 204 S.W. Walnut St. Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Meals

can be delivered

and are also available in Monmouth at First Christian Church, 189 S. Monmouth Ave. Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Call three days in advance at 503-623-503-6232 in Dallas and 503-838-2084 in Monmouth. A $2 donation for lunch is suggested.

♦ Free bingo is played from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Dallas Senior Center and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center. Prizes are donated by local merchants.

DALLAS SENIOR CENTER

, 955 S.E. Jefferson St., Dallas. Call 503-623-8554. Drop-in hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7:

Bridge/Chess 1 p.m.;

Thursday, March 8

: Bridge/Chess, 1 p.m.;

Friday, March 9:

Walk, 7 a.m.;

Monday,

March 12:

Walk, 7 a.m.;

Tuesday, March 13:

Walk, 7 a.m.;

Wednesday, March 14:

Walk, 7 a.m.; noon to 1 p.m., exercise/Bingo; Pinochle, 1 p.m.

INDEPENDENCE SENIOR CENTER

, 1004 Monmouth St., Independence. Drop-in hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 503-838-2143.

Wednesday, March 7:

noon to 1 p.m., exercise/Bingo;

Thursday, March 8:

exercise, noon to 1 p.m.;

Friday, March 9:

noon to 1 p.m., exercise/Bingo;

Monday, March 12:

noon to 1 p.m., exercise/Bingo;

Wednesday, March 13:

noon to 1 p.m., exercise/Bingo.

MONMOUTH SENIOR CENTER

, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Call 503-838-5678. Drop-in hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7:

Writing Your Life Story, 10 a.m.; line dancing, 10:30 a.m.; Pool, 1 p.m. dance classes, 5 p.m.;

Thursday, March 8:

Internet class, 9 a.m.; senior exercise, 10 a.m.; 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.;

Friday, March 9:

free tax help, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

Monday, March 12:

Pool, 1 p.m.; Tai Chi, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

:

Painting, 9 a.m.; exercise, 10 a.m.; noon; cards, pool, 1 p.m.; dance classes, 5 p.m.;

Wednesday, March 14:

Writing Your Life story, 10:30 a.m.; line dancing, 10:30 a.m.; dance classes, 5 p.m.

MUSEUMS &

ATTRACTIONS

Polk County Museum

, 560 S. Pacific Highway, Rickreall. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sudnay. Call 503-623-6251 for information.

Paul Jensen Arctic Museum

, 590 W. Church St., Monmouth, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Call for appointment on Saturday at 503-838-8468.

Heritage Museum

, 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 112 S. Third St., Independence. Call 503-838-4989.

Historic Brunk House

, 5705 Highway 22. Summer hours: 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Special tours by appointment. Call 503-838-1807 or 503-838-6603.

Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanical Garden

, Dallas City Park. The Friends of the Arboretum meet weekly on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon to care for the garden and the Interpretive Center, learn about native plants and enjoy coffee. Free quarterly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. during March, June, September and December. Call 503-623-7359.

SUPPORT GROUPS

& RESOURCES

♦ Alcoholics Anonymous,

St. Hilda's Episcopal Church, 245 W. Main, Monmouth, 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening. Open discussion. No child care available.

Habitat for Humanity

builds homes for people needing a hand up, not a handout. PO Box 134, Monmouth, 97361. Call 503-838-4405.

Grandparents Who Parent

meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in back room at Bert's Restaurant, corner of Ellendale Ave. and Kings Valley Highway adjacent to Safeway, Dallas. Call Joy at 503-623-5642 or Debbie Evans at Lyle at 503-623-8367.

Self-Directed Support Council

meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at The Polk County Mental Health Ellendale office, 289 Ellendale, Suite 301 in Dallas.

Individuals or family members with developmental disabilities are encouraged to attend. Call 503-623-9664, ext. 334.

Dallas Stroke Support Group

meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Stroke survivors and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Carroll English, a physical therapist in the rehabilitation services, is the group's facilitator. Call English at 503-623-7305 or Charlene Daniels, American Heart Association, at 1(800)452-9445.

Preparation for Childbirth

, 7 p.m. at Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas. Every Thursday for seven session. Call 503-623-7301 for the next scheduled group.

Child Care

Information Service

is a free community service for parents and child care providers. CCIS provides child care referrals, information on how to select quality child care, assistance and training for child care providers, and enhanced services for employers. Call 503-623-0649.

Autism

support group on summer hiatus. For information on diet, interventions etc. call Darcie Meier at 503-623-1984.

Moms In Touch

pray one hour each week for their children and the schools. Every Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Call 503-623-0317 in Lyle area or 503-623-7778 in Whitworth area.

Polk County Gamblers Anonymous

, 7 p.m. every Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 SE Washington St. Call 503-623-7694.

Hepatitis C

support group. Call 503-581-3391.

Never Too Late

support group for seniors over 60 with medications and/or alcohol problems. Meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays at the Academy Building, 182 S.W. Academy St., first floor conference room. Call Senior Services at 503-623-2301.

Salem Post-Polio Survivors Meeting, 7 p.m. at Seniors Activity Center, 930 Plymouth Drive N.E. in Keizer. Second Tuesday of each month.

Mid-Willamette Valley Alzheimer Association, disease and related dementia, 1 p.m., Dallas Retirement Village Health Care Center Chapel, 348 S.W. Ellendale, Dallas. Every first Wednesday. For caregivers and others affected by Alzheimer's and other dementia. Call 371-7728 or 503-623-5581.

Evergreen Center's Alzheimer

and other dementia support begins at 2 p.m. Thursdays.

The center is located at 1525 Monmouth Ave., Independence. Call Pat Woodward at 503-838-0001.

Alzheimer's Disease

and related dementia, 2 p.m., Independence Living Center, 1525 Monmouth Ave., Independence. Every second Thursday. Call 371-7728 or 503-838-0001.

Diabetic support

and education update class, 7 p.m. at Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas. Fourth Monday of each month. Call 503-623-7335

Compassionate Friends

support group for bereaved parents and siblings. Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month unless otherwise noted. First Congregational Church, 700 Marion St. NE, Salem. Call Dan or Kathy, 503-743-2031.

ADHD Support Group

, 6:30 p.m., Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas. Second Tuesday, every month. Also meeting at the Monmouth Public Library, 6 p.m. Last Tuesday of every month. Call Willamette Community Services, 503-838-1326.

Willamette Valley Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome

(FMS/CFIDS) Support Group, 7 to 9 p.m., basement of the auditorium at Salem Hospital, 665 Winter St. SE, Salem. Fourth Friday of every month.

Foster Parents

Support Group, 9:30 a.m. First, third Tuesdays, every month. For location information call 503-623-8118, ext. 267 or 271.

Smoker's Information

Support Group, 7 p.m., at Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas. Call 503-623-7321 to find out which days the group meets.

Narcotics Anonymous

, 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 322-A, 182 Academy St., Dallas, On The Way Back step study. Handicap accessible. Nonsmoking, open meeting. Every Monday and Wednesday.

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) weight-loss

group, 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District administration building, 111 S.W. Ash St., Dallas. Every Thursday.

Overeaters Anonymous

, 7 p.m., every Monday. Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas.

TOPS

, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1079 S.E. Jefferson St., Dallas. Every Tuesday. Call 503-623-8289.

Willpower weight loss

support group, 9 a.m., Greenway Social Hall, 450 S.E. LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Every Wednesday.

Alcoholics Anonymous

, 8 p.m., Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Every Friday. Speakers meeting. No participation necessary. Listeners welcome.

Al-Anon

, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 S.E. Washington St., Dallas. Every Wednesday. Topic meeting. Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics.

Al-Anon

, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1079 S.E. Jefferson St., Dallas. Every Tuesday evening. Step study and newcomer meeting. Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous

step study, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 S.W. Levens St., Dallas. Every Thursday.

Alcoholics Anonymous

beginners meeting, 6 p.m., Clay and Monmouth St. Church Basement, Monmouth, Every Friday.

503-838-3241.

Alcoholics Anonymous

, Independence Senior Center, 1004 Monmouth St., Independence. 8 p.m., every Saturday; 7:30 p.m. every Sunday.

Victims of domestic/sexual violence

support group, sponsored by SABLE House, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Every Tuesday. For location and childcare information call 503-623-6703.

Breast cancer and cancer

support group, 7 p.m., Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas. Every first Tuesday. Call Millie, 503-623-8780.

ADVOCACY

ARC

of Polk County, 6 p.m., P.C.L. office, 480 E. Main St., Monmouth. Third Monday, every month. Call 503-838-0696. Support and advocacy group for people with mental retardation and disabilities.

Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

, 2 p.m., Dallas Retirement Village. Second Tuesday, every month. Call 503-371-7728 or 503-623-9211.

Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary

, 1 p.m. every second Monday, Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St., Dallas.

Polk County Alliance for the Mentally Ill

, 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Room 316B, Academy Building, 182 S.W. Academy St., Dallas.

HELP FOR FAMILIES

Child Care Information Service

. See Support Groups.

H-2-O

provides food boxes to those in need from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Dallas Community Action Resource Center

can help families and individuals who qualify in regard to heating assistance, utility shut-offs, evictions, medical prescriptions and more. The Dallas Food Bank shares space. Call 503-623-8429.

Independence Community Action Resource Center

can help families and individuals who qualify in regard to heating assistance, utility shut offs, evictions, medical prescriptions and more. Call 503-838-0531.

Family Resource Network connects individuals and families to services, agencies, events and training, from emergency assistance to housing referrals. Also looking for volunteers to work with children and families. Call 503-623-6105.

Provider Resource Organization

(for child care providers), 7 p.m. Fourth Tuesday, Academy Building, Room 322C, Dallas. Call Margie Pearce, 503-623-3968, or Tamara Chance at 503-606-9925, for location and additional resources, support and information or visit the Dallas or Monmouth Public Libraries for a listing of Monmouth, Independence and Dallas caregivers.

CLUBS & MORE

Polk County Retired Road Department

employees, noon, every third Friday, Farrol's Village Inn. No host lunch. Next meeting, Friday, Sept. 15.

Community skate park

meetings, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Monmouth Volunteer Hall.

Rickreall Grange Women's Activities

meets at the grange hall on second Thursdays at 3 p.m. Quilting is every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular business meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. with potluck at 6 p.m. and Lecturer's program at 7 p.m. Call Marcia Fisher at 503-623-2563 or Ruth Hawkins at 503-838-0817.

DHS Booster Club

meets the first Monday of every month, from September through June. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Forum at Dallas High School. Membership dues are $10. For more information call membership Paul Mannen at 503-623-4845 or Nancy Moen (503-623-6174).

Dallas Indoor Park

, cooperative play group for parents and their children ages infant to kindergarten. Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Also 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays only.

The price structure has changed so that the cost is a flat $15 per family, per term.

Mennonite Brethren Church, 976 S.W. Hayter St. Call Lisa Trueblood at 503-623-0685 or Leanne Lesko at 503-831-0233.

Toastmasters International

MID Club No. 1933, 6:30 a.m., every first and third Wednesday, Andy's Cafe, Indpendence. For more information, call Gayle Anderson at 503-838-6950.

Toastmasters International

, call Don Berg at 503-838-2050 for more details.

Polk County Retired Road Department Workers

, noon, no-host lunch, Farrol's Restaurant in Rickreall. Third Friday of each month from September through May.

Falls City Garden Club

, 7 p.m., Falls City City Hall, every fourth Thursday. Call Dena Veronesi, 503-787-1018.

Boy Scout Troop 737, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cornerstone Church of God, 7th and E streets, Independence, every Thursday. Kids ages 11 to 18 are welcome. Call Dave Robinson at 503-375-8002 or 503-838-5346.

Aviation Post No. 202

, 7:30 p.m., Independence Airport at the home of Bill Francke, 783 Piper St. Every Monday, except for the third week of each month, when meetings are held on Thursdays with the Polk County Chapter of the Oregon Pilot's Association (503-831 Stinson St.). Call Bill, 503-838-0729, Deanna Jordon, 503-838-0872 or Jared Isaksen, 503-838-4639.

Polk County Christian Women's Club

, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Dallas Civic Center, 945 S.E. Jefferson St., Dallas. Second Monday of each month. Call Rena at 503-623-5263 or 503-623-8450.

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International

, 6 a.m. every Thursday. Breakfast meeting at Almaaz Restaurant, 3742 Commercial St. SE, Salem.

Polk Station Railroad Club

, 7 p.m., 869 Main St., Dallas. Every Thursday. Call Jim Quigley, 503-623-0955.

Polk County Coin Club

, 7 to 9 p.m., every third Tuesday, Dallas School Administration Building, 111 S.W. Ash Street.

AARP, American Association of Retired Persons

, 2:15 p.m. every second Tuesday, Dallas Civic Center, 945 S.E. Jefferson St., Dallas.

Polk County Historical Society's historic Brunk House

, 5705 Highway 22, volunteer work day, inside, outside duties, 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. Call 503-838-1807.

Daughters of the American Revolution

, Anna Maria Pittman Chapter, 10 a.m. every third Wednesday. Meeting locations vary, so call 503-623-6177 for details.

AMVETS

Post 1776 and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. every first Wednesday, 154 S. Main St., Independence. All veterans welcome.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

, 7:30 p.m. every first Wednesday, Dallas Armory, 817 S.W. Church St., Dallas.

American Legion

Carl B. Fenton Post 20, 7:30 p.m. every second Wednesday, Dallas Armory, 817 S.W. Church St., Dallas.

FUN & GAMES

American Legion Bingo

every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the social room at 204 S. Walnut Ave. Everyone is welcome.

Nite Court

, 9 p.m. to midnight every Saturday at Talmadge Middle School gym, Independence. All teens grades 7 through 12. Price is $1 per night. Call Tim Hinds, 503-838-1109 or Maggie Rivera, 503-838-1214.

Nite Court

, 8 to 11 p.m. Every Saturday at Dallas High School main gym. All teens 12 to 17. Cost is $1 per night. Call Michelle Izzi at 503-623-2387.

Acoustic Gospel Jams, 7 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday, Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, 3 miles south of Dallas. Free. Refreshments will be available.

Crazy Creek Rockers

, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall. Second Friday and fourth Saturday.

Friday Night Jams

, 7 to 11 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, 3 miles south of Dallas. Old-time country tunes and singing with acoustic music. Free. Coffee, refreshments.

Round dance

, 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 Highway 99W, Rickreall.

Preschool story hour

, 10:30 a.m. every Thursday, Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St.

Preschool story hour

, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Independence Public Library, 311 S. Monmouth St., Independence.

Book discussion group

, Dallas Public Library. Noon to 1 p.m., every first Thursday. Everyone is welcome to attend as a regular or drop-in. Call 503-623-2633.

Book discussion group, Monmouth Public Library,

7 p.m., every second Thursday evening from September through June, 168 S. Ecols St. Call Fran Kosko, 503-838-1932.

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