A guide to events in and around Polk County

Friends of Library sell books

MONMOUTH -- The Friends of the Monmouth Library will be holding their annual major fund-raising book sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17, 18 and 19 in the community room of the library.

The sale runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, a $2 a bag sale will be held for all the books a grocery bag will hold.

A new feature of this year's sale will be a table of current books that are in nearly new condition.

There will also be a table of children's books.

There will be a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction books in both hardcover and paperback.

Proceeds from the book sale will be used to help provide some of the extras for the Monmouth Library including media bags, volunteer recognition and subscriptions to some local valley newspapers and the Sunday New York Times. The Friends of the Monmouth Library will also help underwrite the library's Children's Summer Reading Program.

Book donations are welcome and can be left at the circulation desk at the library before Wednesday, May 15. The only books that can not be accepted for sale are computer manuals, textbooks and condensed books.

The Monmouth Public Library is located at 168 Ecols St. S.

For more information, call the library at 503-838-1932.

Relay for Life planners meet

DALLAS -- The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the conference room at Valley Community Hospital, 550 S.E. Clay St.

Anyone interested in participating by volunteering, donating goods or services or in sponsoring a team, call Chuck Johnson at 503-623-8874.

Gardeners can learn to manage pests

SALEM -- The OSU Extension service will host a workshop on Vetebrate Pest Management for home gardeners Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop is at the Marion County Extension office, rooms 1A/B/C, 3180 Center st.

Mike Slater of the USDA Wildlife Service will instruct.

There is no charge, but registration is required. Call Debbie at 503-588-5301 to register.

County master gardeners sell plants

RICKREALL -- Polk County Master Gardeners are planning a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

This year's theme is "America, Mom and Apple Pie".

The plant sale will offer tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, native plants, perennials, house plants, shrubs and trees; hanging baskets and annuals and a variety of container gardens.

Specially designed theme gardens will focus on plants that thrive in specifically well in shade, sun and drought situations.

Landscape displays will provide inspiration, and master gardeners will be there to answer gardening questions.

Besides plants, the sale will offer a country store filled with gift items, unusual decorative containers, dried wreathes and flower arrangements.

Local businesses donated door prizes, including apple pies.

Master gardener Dennis Brown has created this year's silent bid item -- a fully equipped potting bench.

In addition, two local artists, wood carver Marge Mikkelsen and water colorist Jan Secrest, have donated items.

Mikkelsen helped carve many of the horses on the River Front Park Carousel.

Secrest is known for her vivid local scenes.

The fairgrounds are located at 520 Pacific Highway 99W, one mile south of Highway 22.

For more information, call the master gardener on duty on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays at the Polk County Extension Office at 503-623-8395.

Programs help deal with Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring several classes designed to help people learn more about Alzheimer's disease and how to handle it.

DALLAS -- A three-part educational series called "Living with Alzheimer's Disease" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning May 8 at Valley Community Hospital located at 550 S.E. Clay St.

Part one of the series, "Alzheimer's Disease -- Definition, Course and Treatment," will be May 8.

Part two, "Impact on the Family and Community Resources," will be May 15.

Part three, "Enhancing Communication and Understanding Behavior," will be May 22.

Cost is $10 per individual class or $25 for the entire series.

SILVERTON -- The third program of a four-part Living with Alzheimer's Disease educational series, "Enhancing Communication and Understanding Behavior," will be held Thursday, May 9 at Silverton Hospital's Resource Center located at 240 Phelps St.

Programs are held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

Part four, "Impact on the Family and Community Resources" is planned for May 23.

Cost is $10 per individual class.

SALEM -- An information session titled "Understanding Alzheimer's Disease" will be held Friday, May 3 at Salem Towne, Town Hall, 2900 Oak Crest Drive N.W.

Questions such as "What are the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?" and "How can I prevent my loved one from wandering?" will be addressed.

For more information about any of the programs, call the Alzheimer's Association at 503-371-7728

Students dance, raise food for needy

DALLAS -- The Polk County France School of Dance's Annual Food Drive and Dance Recital happens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at La Creole Middle School, 701 S.E. LaCreole Drive.

Students from Polk County communities will perform tap, ballet and jazz.

The recital will conclude approximately at 7 p.m.

Admission to the show is a donation of two canned food products per person.

The canned food donations are used to benefit Sable House and the Dallas Food Bank.

At the December 2001 recital, 800 pounds of food was collected.

New classes will begin on Tuesday, June 4.

Summer students will have the opportunity to participate in the Dallas Summerfest, Polk County Fair and the Oregon State Fair.

Costuming is provided by the studio and parents are always welcome to observe all classes.

France School of Dance classes are held at the Polk County Fairgrounds located at 520 Pacific Highway in Rickreall.

For more information, call Linda France Martin at 503-390-3481.

Garage sale benefits community

DALLAS -- Trinity Lutheran CHurch is sponsoring a benefit garage sale May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 S.E. Washington St. Most of the proceeds will go to a local woman with cystic fibrosis. Some will also go to the Youth Mission Trip.

The church will accept items donated to the sale or money. Call the church office at623-2233 for more information.

Book club discusses 'Fast Food Nation'

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Public Library Book Club will meet to discuss the critically acclaimed book, "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the library's public meeting room.

Often compared to Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," Schlosser has written an indictment of America's convenience food industry.

Jean Astrinsky will lead the discussion.

Maggie Meikle will provide refreshments.

The book club meets the second Tuesday of each month during the school year.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information call, Fran Kosko at 503-838-1932 or visit the Monmouth Library at 168 S. Ecols St.


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