A guide to area opportunities

DHS Class of '71

planning reunion

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School Class of '71 will be holding its 30th class reunion this summer.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27 with a no-host gathering at North Dallas Bar and Grill.

A round of golf begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Dallas Golf Club at a cost of $11 each person; followed by a catered barbecue dinner at 7 p.m., also at the golf course, at cost of $20 per person.

Registration is requested. To register or for more information, call Pam (Chandler) Manville at 503-623-3562 or 503-831-1975 or e-mail her at; or call Greg Brunner at 503-623-5422; or Les Murray at 503-623-5152; or Carol (Kahler) Trowbridge at 503-623-3473.

The reunion committee hasn't been able to locate the following people to send invitations:

Orville Addison, Steve Austin, Ed Bond, Bonnie Dennis, Marilyn Derksen, Charles Gillis, Bruce Hetrick, Paul Hetrick, Sheryl (Hilborn) Neff, Terry Ingram, Laurel Kesson, Rex McGlaughlin, Lynn Miller, Jack Moffit, Marilyn (Murphy) Eber, Gary Reimer, Dan Schack, Norman Seller, Daphne (Shannon) Gilmore, Randy Smotherman, Roxie Stone, Cathy Turman, Lois Turner, Linda Wahlstrom, JoAnne Whitton and Laura (Wicke) Powell.

If you have any information on them, please call Pam (Chandler) Manville at 503-623-2562 or 503-831-1975; or e-mail her at

Hospice offers

volunteer training

SALEM -- Willamette Valley Hospice is offering a second eight-week volunteer training session beginning from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at 2700 Market St. NE.

The training provides information for volunteers who would like to care for terminally ill and grieving people. Sessions are free of charge with a six-month volunteer commitment or $100 for the full series. Individual classes are also available for $15 each.

"Volunteers play an important role on the hospice team by serving patients and families with support and respite care for caregivers," said volunteer director Rose Mary Bilstein. "Most hospice care is home-based and offers terminally ill patients and their families peace of mind, comfort and dignity."

Hospice professionals will instruct volunteers on effective ways to comfort terminally ill and grieving people, and address spiritual and social concerns, while learning to cope and help others with grief and its effects.

Willamette Valley Hospice, founded by volunteers in 1978, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to high quality hospice care for residents of Marion, Polk and parts of Linn counties.

Willamette Valley Hospice also offers educational forums to explain the significance of hospice care and its benefits. More information is available by calling volunteer coordinator Rose Mary Bilstein at 503-588-3600.

Future of GFWC

club discussed

DALLAS -- The GFWC/Dallas Woman's Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 at the Dallas Civic Center.

"The program will be an important one to discuss the future of the club," said member Beth Needham. "It is important that all members attend to share their input and vote."

Refreshments will be served.

New Oregon Garden

focus of gathering

DALLAS -- "Come Take a Peek at the Oregon Garden" will be presented by the Polk County Christian Women's Club from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11 at the Dallas Civic Center located at 945 SE Jefferson St.

Special feature guest Harry Neuwirth of the speaker's bureau for the Oregon Garden at Silverton, will show slides of Oregon's beautiful new attraction.

Special musical guest Sabrina Luffamn will sing spring melodies.

Special speaker guest Betty Beckwith earned her master's degree in counseling after her children were grown and frequently travels to third world countries to teach and speak.

The continental coffee will be catered by Cynthian's Cafe.

All women are welcome. Bring a friend with you to enjoy the morning's program.

Tickets are $5 inclusive and complementary preschool child-care is available.

Reservations and cancellations are requested. For tickets, reservations or more information, call 503-623-5263 or 503-831-3369.

Books, videos, music

needed for library sale

DALLAS -- It's spring cleaning time, and Friends of the Dallas Public Library can help with yours. The library is currently collecting books, videos and recorded music for the annual Summer Book Sale, held during Dallas Summerfest. As you do the cleaning, gather any books, videos or music no longer needed and drop them off at the Dallas Public Library.

Then stop by the sale and buy some books to replace the ones donated. All proceeds are used to provide additional resources for use by library patrons. If you'd like to help with the book sale, call Gale Carruthers at 503-623-8550. Help is always needed.

SALEM -- Historic Deepwood Estate gardens and nature trails are open from dawn to dusk daily at no charge.

Summer house tour hours are from noon to 5 p.m. hourly, Sunday through Friday, May through September.

The Historic Deepwood Estate is a Salem park and community museum, managed by the Friends of Deepwood, interpreting residential life from 1895 to 1945; and Lord & Schryver landscape designs from 1929 to 1969.

The estate is located at 1116 Mission St., SE. For more information, call 503-363-1825.

Free women's health

services available

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Public Health is offering free mammograms, pap tests and women's health checks. "It is very important for women to get regular exams to assure early detection for breast and cervical cancer. Many women do not have insurance, or are under-insured and simply put off getting these important screenings due to an inability to pay," said Barbara Schmidt of the Polk County Health Department.

To qualify for the free services women must:

♦ be 40 years of age or older;

♦ have not had a mammogram or pap test in the past 11 months;

♦not be on birth control pills or be of child bearing years.

♦ Family income must be at or below 250 percent of the poverty level, which can be determined by a quick phone call to public health.

Polk County will be able to provide services for 32 free exams for women between now and June 30. In addition, women who only need a mammogram and have their own physician are eligible to receive free vouchers for a mammogram. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment, women are encouraged to immediately call the public health department at 503-623-8175.

Free handicapped

swim available

MONMOUTH -- The ARC of Polk County is once again sponsoring a free handicapped swim session for all Polk County people who are mentally handicapped.

All are welcome. Those who are also physically handicapped will need a person in the pool to assist them.

The swim session is held from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the pool at Western Oregon University. The last swim of the program will be Wednesday, June 6.

ARC encourages your participation for an evening of fun. For more information, call 503-838-0906.

Sounds of Summer

seeking sponsors

DALLAS -- Sounds of Summer 2001 is seeking sponsors for the upcoming season. Concerts will begin on July 12 and continue each Thursday evening through August. A wide variety of musicians will be performing, including Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Call 503-623-9715 or e-mail for more details.

Volunteer needed for

community team office

DALLAS -- A volunteer is needed to work in the State of Oregon's Community Parternship Team office. Receptionist skills are a must for working in a position that helps the community. Computers, filing, phones and greeting the public are included. The position is six to eight hours a week.

Call 503-623-4366 or stop by 177 S.W. Oak for an application.

Jensen Arctic Museum

welcomes 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.

Seniors can get

ride to stores

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Senior Center has volunteers who will provide free rides for seniors to Roth's and Waremart until a grocery store opens in Monmouth. Rides are available at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. "Your ride will take you to the market, wait until you are finished, and see that you get home safely," said Sue Teal of the center.

The center is asking that only seniors who can't use Dial-A-Ride transportation through Carts, to make appointments. To make an appointment, call the Monmouth Senior Center at 503-838-5678.

More volunteers are needed for this service so if you have a few hours to spare on Wednesday mornings, contact the senior center.

Rides are also available through Carts Transportation. To make an appointment for their services, call 503-585-5187.

New Falls City

library sets hours

FALLS CITY -- Wagner Community Library welcomes the public to use their new facility at 111 North Main Street on the high school campus.

Parents and preschoolers are invited for story time -- a relaxing half hour of stories at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

Four computers allow exploration of the vast informational highway through internet access.

Library hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays; 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays; 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays; 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays; and 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact the City of Falls City at 503-787-3631.

Whitworth has

volunteer needs

DALLAS -- Whitworth Elementary School has a variety of volunteer openings.

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 503-623-9664, extension 327.

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.

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

Summerfest booths

open for vendors

DALLAS -- Applications for vendor booths at Summerfest 2001 are now being taken. Space is limited and booths will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 580 Main Street. For more information, call 503-623-2564.

Table settings

return to fair

RICKREALL -- Back by popular demand, "table settings" will return to division-D at the Polk County Fair. Officials of the fair setup announce, due to improved lighting in the table settings area hope to encourage potential entries.

The fair dates are Aug. 9 to 12 with the theme "Home Town Fair with Hometown Flair."

Potential "table setters " can start planning now to enter categories for holidays, special occasion, most original, childs' party and best representing the fair theme.

Judges will give points on the basis of originality, visualization and theme.

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, call Beth Needham at 503-623-0600.

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