Halloween happenings

Chamber hosts

annual parade

DALLAS -- Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Halloween/Harvet Kids Parade from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

The parade begins and ends at the flagpole of the Polk County Courthouse.

All parents, kids and pets are encouraged to dress up in costume and participate.

Free items for the kids will be provided by local businesses.

Band haunts

the fairgrounds

RICKREALL -- Members of the Central High Band plan a haunted house at the Polk County Fairgrounds Wednesday to Saturday, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

The haunted house runs from:

♦ 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

♦ 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

♦ 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

♦ 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

Admission is $2. Concessions will be available.

The event raises money for the band's trip in April to the Heritage Music Festival in San Francisco, Calif.

More information is available by calling Keith or Dee Aldrich at 503-838-3290.

M/I sets up

'safety zones'

POLK COUNTY -- Trick-or-treaters will not be the only ones out Halloween.

Volunteers plan to man Halloween "safety zones" in Monmouth and Independence. They keep tabs on what is happening in area neighborhoods and stay in contact via radio.

The Independence Neighborhood Watch Association, Polk CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the Monmouth and Independence police departments sponsor the safety zones.

Volunteers also keep emergency medical supplies at each location. Each location also includes people certified to administer basic first aid.

Safety Zone locations are:


♦ Ash Creek Mobile Park

Space 12A (office)

Community Building

♦ Corner of Fourth and Monmouth streets

♦ Near the corner of 16th and Monmouth streets


♦ Corner of Bentley and Edwards streets

"We may be adding more locations before Halloween," said Grace Sanner, coordiantor of Independence Neighborhood Watch.

More information is available by calling 503-838-4552 or 838-5681.

Student leaders

throw a party

MONMOUTH -- Student government leaders at Western Oregon University are throwing a costume party from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

The dance will be held in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center. Admission $2 for students and $3 for non-students.

There will be a costume contest and prizes will be awarded. First place takes home a digital camera, second place a cordless phone, third place a sports walkman and fourth place a DVD.

More information is available by calling Jennifer Manley at 503-838-8559.

Dorms welcome


MONMOUTH - Dorm residents at Western Oregon University welcome trick-or-treaters Friday, October 31.

Festivities start at 6 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. The event has been a Western tradition for nearly 15 years.

Trick-or-treating will be held in Butler and Barnum Halls, as well as Gentle House and Arbor Park Apartments on the Western campus.

A Haunted Lounge will be held in Landers Hall while the Arbor Park Apartments hosts a Harvest Festival with games for kids.

Included in the festival will be a cake walk, a Monster Belly Button contest and many other activities.

Additionally, children can get pictures taken of themselves in costumes with their family at Heritage Hall.

Participants are encouraged to park in Lots H or F on campus.

More information is available by calling 503-838-8561.

Seniors await

little ghouls

DALLAS -- The Dallas Retirement Village offers Halloween activities and treats starting at 5:30 p.m. in the health center and continuing in the apartment buildings from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Residents are looking forward to seeing children dressed for Halloween.

More information is available by calling 503-623-1834.

Pool offers

Halloween swim

DALLAS -- The Dallas Aquatic Center offers a recreational Halloween swim from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.


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