A guide to events in and around Polk County

Jan. 21 event honors King

DALLAS -- Children of all ages are invited to join us in celebrating Martin Luther Kings Jr's birthday with stories, crafts and cake from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in the children's room at the Dallas Public Library located at 950 Main St.

The group interactive storytime activities will focus on Martin Luther King Jr's life and words and include making snowflakes to add to a special display.

Children and their families are also invited to contribute a positive thought "ingredient" to our Goodwill Soup pot.

The celebration concludes with the sharing of birthday cake.

All programs are free and open to the public.

No registration is required. For more information, call youth services librarian Deeda Stanley at 503-623-2633.

MOPS to meet Jan. 22

DALLAS -- The Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) next meeting will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Evangelical Bible Church located at 1175 S.E. Howe St.

Guest speaker Harold Harms will be talking on the moving subject of grief and loss.

MOPS is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy other moms, good food, a great speaker and to do a fun craft. Bring your kids ages birth to 5. They will have fun too, playing with other kids and learning new things from our terrific volunteers.

Meetings are held twice monthly, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

MOPS is always interested in having volunteers to watch the children (MOPPETS) during the time the mothers are getting some much needed time together. If you or someone you know would be interested in caring for the children, contact Sandy Christensen at 503-623-3295.

For more information about MOPS, call Joey Loewen at 503-623-0407.

Stew, biscuit luncheon Jan. 25

DALLAS -- It's time for the annual stew, biscuits and pie luncheon sponsored and prepared by Naomi Chapter No. 22, Order of the Eastern Star. The luncheon will be on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Dallas Civic Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is only $4 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information call 503-623-2287.

Republicans to gather Jan. 29

MONMOUTH -- The Polk County Republicans invite the community a "Meet - Greet - Eat" social on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The event will be held at the Monmouth Public Library from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Please bring finger foods or a dessert to share and beverage will be provided.

For more information contact Marianne Moor at 503-831-4724.

CHS Band Boosters need reusable items

INDEPENDENCE -- Making way for the new? Cleaning out those closets? Finding reusable items that you could donate to a good cause?

The Central High School Band Boosters are sponsoring a fund raising rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the high school cafeteria located at 1530 Monmouth St.

The band is raising money for their spring 2002 trip to San Francisco, where they will participate in music workshops and performances. All proceeds of the sale will benefit this cause.

Donations of items for the sale (excluding clothing) are gladly being accepted between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the cafeteria.

To donate items or for more information, call 503-838-1765 or 503-787-5112.

DHS senior party committee meets

DALLAS -- The next parent meeting for the Dallas High School Senior All Night Party 2002 will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in the library of the LaCreole Middle School located at 701 S.E. LaCreole Drive.

Also included at the meeting for the upcoming drug and alcohol-free party, will be the discussion of future senior party 2002 fund-raising events.

Parents of seniors are reminded and encouraged to remit the suggested donation of $25 per senior towards the party fund if they have not already done so.

Checks should be made out and mailed to: Dallas High School Senior All Night Party 2002, c/o treasurer Colleen Shinn, P.O. Box 752, Dallas, OR 97338.

For more information, call Becky or Mike Kahl at 503-623-4675.

Winter library storytime announced

MONMOUTH -- The Winter 2002 Storytimes for families, toddlers and preschoolers will begin next week at the Monmouth Public Library.

Stories, songs, rhymes and activities will be offered for all.

For families with children of a variety of ages, approximately 30 minutes of storytime will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to March 19.

Toddlers, ages 1 1/2 to 3, will enjoy approximately 20 minutes of storytime beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 17 to March 21. Parents are required to participate with their children.

Preschoolers, ages 3 to 6, will enjoy 30 to 40 minutes of storytime beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 17 to March 21. Parents are not required to stay with their children.

Registration is not required for storytimes.

The library is located at 168 Ecols St. S.

For more information, call youth services librarian Diane Adams at 503-838-1932.

Annual blanket drive continues

DALLAS -- Join the eighth "Annual Blanket Drive", now until Feb. 1, by donating new or clean used blankets. Bring them to any Dallas school for winter distribution to needy families in the area.

Mittens, gloves, hats, other warm clothing and monetary donations, are also gladly accepted.

This community project is a joint effort of The Dallas Wellness Team, The Dallas Resource Center and Valley Community Hospital.

All those involved in this effort, extend a "big thank you" for helping to make this winter a lot warmer and a little brighter for others.

To arrange for blankets and/or other items to be picked up, or for more information, call Kathy at 503-831-1976; or Susan (in the daytime) at 503-623-4837, or (in the evenings) at 503-623-9639.

Children invited to reading club

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Public Library is hosting a winter reading club for children ages 3 to 15 from Tuesday, Jan. 15 to Friday, March 1.

Reading is a great winter activity and the library has lots of great books to read!

Reading forms will be available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15 which may be turned in for prizes through Friday, March 8.

Stop by the Monmouth Public Library at 168 Ecols St. S., for some great reading this winter. Stay warm and cozy, curled up with a good book!

For more information, call youth services librarian Diane Adams at 503-838-1932.

55-Alive driver safety class set

DALLAS -- A two day 55-Alive driver safety program will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 and 18 at the Dallas Retirement Village located at 310 W. Ellendale Avenue.

Seniors are encouraged to take this course for personal awareness and to sharpen their skills. For additional benefits or insurance discounts from taking the class, contact your insurance company.

Cost of class is $10 per person.

Jim and Patricia Sevcik will be the class instructors.

Space is limited and pre-registration is necessary. To pre-register or for more information, call Dottie Deaton at 503-623-9388.

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Garden problems can be solved

POLK COUNTY -- Got a home garden problem and need an answer?

Polk County OSU Master Gardeners offer a FREE phone service for homeowners seeking straighforward solutions to gardening problems. Call the Polk County OSU Extension office

at 503-623-8395 from 1-4pm Monday, Wednesday or Friday year-round to speak with an OSU Master Gardener.


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