Season's briefings

Guthrie Park

sets celebration

DALLAS -- "Sounds of Christmas," an old fashion community Christmas celebration, starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Guthrie Park Community Center.

Musicians including Dave Curry, Alan Ede, Jim Hockenhull, Roundhouse and Guthrie Sound Train will perform Christmas music.

Tickets are $5 for a chance at a cord of firewood and a "Winter Wonderland" music box. Tickets for other items are $1 each,

All proceeds help maintain and preserve the Guthrie Park Community Center.

Other highlights include a sing-along and music jam. Santa Claus will visit children after the show.

There will be refreshments. Dress is casual or favorite holiday attire.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Guthrie Park Community Center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway 223, three miles south of Dallas at the corner of Cooper Hollow Road.

More information is available by calling Sally Clark at 503-623-0809.

Post office

extends hours

DALLAS -- The Dallas Post Office will be open extra hours for the holiday season.

"During this time of the year, we know how hectic getting things done can be," said Dallas Postmaster Morrie Bart.

"So we have made it so simple through adding new services that the only line you may have to contend with will be the traffic when one's in your car driving around town."

Through Dec. 24, the post office will be open:

♦ Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

♦ Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Library plans

holiday events

DALLAS -- School-age children and young adults don't need to be bored during the holiday break.

They can come to the Dallas Public Library and read, work on the internet or play a game on a computer.

Special games and crafts are at 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, Dec. 27 to 30.

More information is available by calling 503-623-2633.

Needy families

still need hosts

INDEPENDENCE -- Members of the Monmouth-Independence Senior Advisory Board seek businesses, churches and groups to adopt a needy family for Christmas.

Applications for assistance are available at the Ella Curran Food Bank and the Mid Willamette Valley Community Action Agency center on Main Street in Independence.

After the board processes the requests, a family will be assigned to an organization or an individual to provide a holiday meal and toys for children age 12 and under.

Those interested can apply at Main Street Center, 769 N. Main St., Independence.

Board members are also looking for bell ringers for Salvation Army kettles at BiMart and Roth's IGA.

All proceeds stay in the community to help the board meet emergency needs through the year.

More information is available by calling 503-838-0531.

Giving tree

helps residents

INDEPENDENCE -- A holiday giving tree to benefit the residents of Evergreen Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center will be located at the Independence Public Library through Dec. 20.

Descriptions of items needed will be printed on stars decorating the tree in the library. Visitors can select a star or two, purchase the item and return the unwrapped gifts under the library tree.

Girl Scout Troop 242 will help wrap the presents, which will be delivered to residents of the center.

More information is available by contacting Carolyn Bowser at 503-581-9452, or Cheran Christensen at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center at 503-838-0001.

Kids shop

with sheriff

DALLAS -- Some 30 Grand Ronde and Willamina children will "Shop with the Sheriff" Saturday, Dec. 18.

The elementary school-age children will be provided with the opportunity to buy presents for their families at WalMart in Dallas.

Each child teams up with a uniformed deputy or a member from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, who will help the children shop.

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will provide the children transportation from the Grand Ronde Middle School to Dallas and back.

Members of the local Grand Ronde Service Integration Team have also volunteered their time to act as escorts to and from Dallas and host the gift-wrapping activities for the children when they return to the middle school.

Christmas trees

going on sale

INDEPENDENCE -- Christmas tree sales began Nov. 28 in the new Town & Country Hardware's parking lot across from the high school.

Proceeds benefit the senior all-night party for Central High's Class of 2005.

Sales of Douglas and noble firs will continue through Sunday, Dec. 19. Tree stand hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

More information is available by calling Terri Chappell at Central High School, or at home at 503-838-1367.

Realtors seek

warm donations

POLK COUNTY -- Real estate agents at Windermere Real Estate in Monmouth and Dallas encourage community members to "Share the Warmth" this winter by donating coats and blankets for people in need.

Local Windermere offices serve as donation sites for the Ella Curran Center of Independence and a variety of Polk County agencies in Dallas.

Through Dec. 19, residents can bring new or gently used coats and blankets to the Windermere office located at 297 Highway 99W in Monmouth and 288 E. Ellendale Ave. in Dallas.

More information is available by calling 503-838-1141.

Relay supporters

selling wreaths

DALLAS -- American Cancer Society Relay for Life has teams in Polk County raising money for the May 13 and 14, 2005, race by selling Christmas wreaths.

The Barn Walkers and The Square Dancers for Life are making the wreaths for sale at The Sunflower Barn.

More information is available by calling 503-838-0751 or 503-838-3434.

Darr family

gathers warmth

DALLAS -- Members of the Darr family of Dallas are collecting mittens, gloves, socks, sweaters and other articles of warm clothing through Jan. 20, 2005.

Donations will be given to needy families. Donations can be dropped off at Starlite Lanes in Dallas.

Christmas Cheer

seeks volunteers

DALLAS -- Christmas Cheer seeks donations of food, money and volunteer labor for boxes delivered to needy families in Dallas.

Checks can be sent to Christmas Cheer, Curt Lamb, treasurer, 1289 S.W. Levens St., Dallas, Ore. 97338.

Warren and Sue Lamb coordinate the packing of boxes Friday, Dec. 24, at the National Guard Armory on Church Street in Dallas.

More information is available by calling 503-623-3585.

Salvation Army

seeks volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- Members of the Salvation Army in Polk County need volunteers ring bells at donation kettles in Dallas, Monmouth and Independence.

Volunteers are also needed to take tags from the organization's Angel Trees so they can buy presents for needy families.

James Quigley, the Salvation Army's public information officer in Polk County, said 90 percent of the money raised in Polk County stays in Polk County.

Financial donations can be dropped off at Washington Federal Bank in Dallas or at the donation kettles.

More information about volunteering is available by calling Weston Gray at 503-623-7784.

Scouts selling

Christmas trees

INDEPENDENCE -- Members of Boy Scout Troop 38 are selling Christmas trees at the corner of Main and Ecols streets in Monmouth through Thursday, Dec. 23, or until all the trees are sold.

The tree lot is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 8 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

The Scouts offer Noble and Douglas firs. The tree stand is managed by local Scouts working to save money for summer camp and other Scout activities.

More information is available by calling 838-0029 evenings or 503-838-5626.

Church presents

holiday musical

DALLAS -- Members of the Valley Life Center in Dallas present "More Than a Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Dec. 17 to 19.

A choir and cast of more tnan 100 people present new and traditional music. Admission is free. A nursery is available.

More information is available by calling 503-623-4116.

Sable House

recycles trees

POLK COUNTY -- Sable House volunteers recycle Christmas trees 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005.

Proceeds benefit Sable House families.

Dallas FFA alumni coordinate the event. Volunteers include members of Boy Scout Troop 288, Dallas FFA and FFA alumni.

For $5, Christmas trees may be taken to:

♦ Dallas Disposal, 1030 W. Ellendale Ave.

♦ Brandt's Sanitary Service, 158 S. Highway 99W.

♦ Sunflower Barn, 4299 Riddell Road, Monmouth.

Trees can also be picked up. More information is available by calling 503-623-6703.

Church hosts

Christmas dinner

DALLAS -- Members of St. Philip Catholic Church host their 13th annual free Christmas dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, at 825 S.W. Mill St.

Transportation will be provided to and from the dinner for those able to leave their homes and wishing to attend.

Carry-out dinners and delivery for shut-ins is also available.

People who desire to attend or need a dinner delivered are asked to call 503-623-2440 by Thursday, Dec. 23.


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