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What's happening in Polk County

Easter bunny hops in at bake sale

DALLAS -- The Marion Polk Gleaners annual Easter bake sale will be held on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 10 a.m. at WalMart. The sale will include pies, cookie trays, cakes, candy, breads and more.

The Easter bunny will be there with goodies for the kids.

For more information call 503-623-5257.

EGGstravaganza features petting zoo, puppets and prizes

DALLAS -- EGG-stravaganza, an Easter egg hunt featuring 25,000 eggs stuffed with candy, is set for Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. at Valley Life Center. Children ages 2 to 11 are invited to the event sponsored by the Valley Life Center ministry.

The two hour event will include the egg hunt, with puppets Ralph and Elmer, a 4-H petting zoo, concessions, face painting and give-away prizes including bicycles and tricycles.

Eggspress shuttles will be available at the Whitworth Elementary and Dallas High School parking lots.

The church is located at 1795 S.E. Miller Ave. For more information call 503-623-4116.

Dinner supports Faith Christian

DALLAS -- Faith Christian School's third annual benefit dinner and auction, "Sunsational", will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Faith Free Evangelical Church.

An oral auction will follow a dinner and silent auction.

Dinner includes a choice of baked salmon in dill sauce or baked pork loin in Thai sauce and fried apples, fresh mixed vegetable stir-fry, baby new potatoes, European green salad, rolls and a selection of dessert. The dinner will be accompanied by live classical piano music.

Faith Christian School is an interdenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1983. It currently serves 135 students in preschool through the eighth grade.

The auction supports the school's continuing effort to set high standards for its students. The school views its students as future citizens who will have a positive influence on their communities for years to come.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the school office located at 2290 E. Ellendale Avenue.

Donations for the auction, which are tax deductible, are being accepted now.

For tickets, donations or more information, call Donna

Walton at 503-623-6632.

"Tongue of a Bird" continues at Pentacle

WEST SALEM -- The popular play "Tongue of a Bird" by Ellen McLaughlin, continues its run through March 30 at the Pentacle Theatre located at 324 52nd Avenue NW.

Tickets are $11 and may be purchased at the door, through the Pentacle Ticket Outlet, upstairs inside The Book Bin at 450 Court St. N.E. in Salem, or by calling 503-503-485-4300. Outlet tickets are subject to a service charge.

Gallery displays light creations

INDEPENDENCE -- 250 South Main Gallery in Independence presents "Let There Be Light," an exhibition of recent work by five Willamette Valley light artists.

The show features a series of nudes by D.B.Hanson; a 16 mm projected loop by Jake Hauswirth; an interactive sound modulated laser display by Cory Poole; sculptural bags by Nancy Watson Kurz; and mixed media with Light Emitting Diodes (L.E.D.s) by Linda Worral-Poole. The exhibit runs through March.

The gallery at 250 South Main St. is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and is closed Thursday. Call (503) 606-9717 []

Arab story-teller visits Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- Academy of American Poets Award winner and author Elmaz Abinader will tell a story from "Country of Origin" Wednesday, April 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library.

The public is invited.

This storytelling performance has won two Drammie Awards and the Portland's Critic's Award for Theatre.

Elmaz Abinader, originally from the country of Lebanon, will visit Monmouth with composer and musical accompanist Tony Khalife.

Traditional Arabian snacks will be served.

The free event is sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association (MICAA).

The library is located at 168 S. Ecols St.

"Twelfth Night" slated for Pentacle

WEST SALEM -- William Shakespeare's most popular romantic comedy, "Twelfth Night", opens as the third show of Pentacle Theatre's 2002 season on Friday, April 19.

Production dates run from Friday, April 19 through Saturday, May 11. Two Sunday matinees will be held on April 21 and 28.

Tickets are $11 ($12 for opening night) and may be purchased at the door; through the Pentacle Ticket Outlet, upstairs inside The Book Bin at 450 Court St. N.E. in Salem; or by calling 503-485-4300. Outlet tickets are subject to a service charge.

The theatre is located at 324 52nd Avenue N.W.

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Director Jeff Sanders says he was attracted to the project because of his deep affection for Shakespeare and the potpourri of characters in the play. "Twelfth Night has one of the finest collection of characters Shakespeare ever created. I wanted the chance to work with actors to bring them to life."

No stranger to the Bard, Sanders has been a Shakespeare devotee all of his life. Audience have seen him at the Elsinore Theatre as Hamlet, and as Macduff in McBeth in which he also directed in 1995.

Sanders says that although comedy, Twelfth Night is about reconciliation. "Everyone in the play is passionately searching for something. They don't always get what they want, but, to paraphrase the Rolling Stones, they get what they need."

Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters -- the tragic and pious Malvoio; the comic quartet of Sir Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek, Fabian and Maria; Feste, Shakespeare's often used fool as the only wise person; and the romantic duos of Orsino and Viola and Sebastian and Olivia.

"Although the set is Italian Renaissance, audiences can expect an `American production'," says Sanders. "We have woven in a variety of regional accents, American folk music and as a tip of the hat to Shakespeare's native England, a little Monty Python."

Audiences will recognize Pentacle veterans Randy Bowser, Robert Herzog, Jeff Baer as Feste, Dean Bartell, Erica Sanders, Michael Swanson and Larry Roach. Newer to Pentacle are Autumn Armstrong, Heather Webber, Brooke Tosdale, Jason Cude, Scott Reichlin and Mark Knepper.

Making their Pentacle debut are Rick Eby, Glen Russell and Michael Sanders.


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