Community Notebook

*Polk SWCD recognizes staff and volunteers *Fitness club celebrates five years in business *Artists featured at First Friday event *Park near Grand Ronde set to open *"Survival"

Polk SWCD recognizes

staff and volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk Soil and Water Conservation District held its 40th annual meeting and volunteer recognition night on Thursday, August 24 at the county faigrounds. The Distinguished Service Award went to Paul Kovash.

Outstanding Cooperators of the year were Chad, Bonnie, Shawn, and Nathan Woods. The intern of the year was Kayla Wright, and special recognition went to Donita White and Frank Pender.

Laurie Johnson won the spark plug award and Mary Tharp was honored with the outstanding Polk County conservation teacher award.

Todd Whitaker was named director of the year, and Melody Rudenko was honored as the outstanding employee for 2006.


Fitness club celebrates

five years in business

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth Fitness Club will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sept. 1. The fitness club, at 165 E. Main St., is owned by John and Kris McGonegal and managed by Megan and Tony Jeffries.

They said it strives to evolve and adapt with the growing needs of an ever-changing industry and its members. It was named the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce "large business of the year" for 2006.

The club supports local schools and activities such as Polk County Relay for Life, Music in the Park, Sidewalk Saturday and the Harvest Carnival. The business also raised more than $3,000 to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Monmouth Fitness Club is hosting a "member appreciation barbecue" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Main Street Park. In honor of its anniversary, the club is offering 50 percent off its normal enrollment fee during the month of September. For more information: 503-838-2951.


Artists featured at

First Friday event

DALLAS -- The First Friday Promenade monthly art event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 1. The PEARL Center, 857 Main Street, Dallas, will show artwork by Robin Humelbaugh and Nathelle Norfleet and a special exhibition of works by local artist Rose Plummer.

One of Plummer's works will be raffled, with proceeds going to the PEARL's art scholarship program. Wine and food, and a special performance of Celtic music by Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza, members of the group "Golden Bough," are also part of the activities.

The PEARL Gallery Artists' Coop and the Dallas Antique Mall will also be open for the promenade.


Park near Grand

Ronde set to open

GRAND RONDE -- The Fort Yamhill Heritage Area, Oregon's newest state park, will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

The park is located off Highway 22 just after it branches from Highway 18 near Grand Ronde. It was built with state Parks and Recreation and Spirit Mountain Casino funding.

The opening activities will include a tribal drum and invocation ceremony. Speakers, a flag raising and tours of the park will follow.

For more information: Siobhan Taylor of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, 503-879-1920, or Chris Havel at Oregon Parks and Recreation, 503-986-0722.


"Survival" Spanish

instruction offered

SALEM -- Rita Goodman of Bilingual Advantage LLC will teach "Community Spanish: A Survival Guide for English Speakers" on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, at Englewood Church, 1110 NE 17th St., Salem. Hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. each day.

The intensive workshop is for people who want a quick way to learn a limited amount of everyday Spanish. Upon completion, participants will be able to use about 30 practical phrases and will understand the Spanish alphabet, numbers, and communication strategies.

The course will be available again in October and November.

Cost is $125, and includes a 95-page manual and two CDs. For more information: 503-551-8017, or the web site


Monmouth recruiting

for reserve officers

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Police Department is hiring for the position of reserve police officer.

Serving as a reserve officer is an opportunity for anyone interested in a career in law enforcement. Reserves augment full-time staff after attending the Combined Agency Reserve Training (CART) academy to obtain more than 300 hours of training.

CART runs from January through May on Monday and Thursday nights and most Saturdays.

Applicants must be 21 or older as of by April 1, 2007. They must also have a valid driver's license, a high school diploma or GED and have no criminal history.

Applications are available at the Monmouth Police Department. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. For more information: Sgt. Kim Dorn or Officer Tim Ragan at 503-838-1109.


WVH Auxiliary selling

Entertainment Books

DALLAS -- West Valley Hospital Auxiliary has new Entertainment Books available for $30 to support an annual scholarship for a graduating high school senior.

The books, valid until November 2008, contain coupons for savings of up to 50 percent on dining, sports events, movies, travel and shopping.

For more information: Verda Brown, 503-623-4114; Peggy Hill, 503-623-2063; or Alice Murray, 503-623-4216.


Flea market resumes

RICKREALL -- The Polk Flea Market, a fixture in the area for 35 years, will be on open on Sundays, beginning Sept. 3, at Polk County Fairgrounds.

Approximately 100 vendors staffing 185 tables will sell goods ranging from antiques and collectibles to craft and old tools.

The event is held the first Sunday of the month from September to June. Breakfast and lunch is available, provided by Andy's Cafe of Independence, and espresso drinks from Rick's Place of Monmouth are available.

General admission from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $1; early admission (6 to 9 a.m.) is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and parking is free.


Irish music workshops

DALLAS -- Margie Butler of the Celtic music group "Golden Bough" will teach workshops on how to play the Irish pennywhistle and the Irish harp.

The workshops will be held at The PEARL Center, 857 Main Street in Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 9. The pennywhistle workshop will be from 10 to 11 a.m., and the harp workshop from 11 a.m. to noon. Each cost $20.

All ages are welcome, and no previous experience is necessary. Pennywhistles and music books will be available for $10 at the workshop. A limited number of harps will be provided.

For more information, contact The PEARL Center at 503-831-1341, or Margie Butler at 503-843-2152.


Church volunteers seminar

DALLAS -- A half-day seminar to teach and encourage church volunteers who work with children will be held 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at Grace Community Church, 598 E. Ellendale Ave. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

Subjects include relating to preschoolers, classroom management skills, creative ways to teach the gospel, how to engage and teach children with ADHD, using different learning styles, puppetry and other ways to make the classroom come alive.

The $15 cost includes materials (espresso for those who arrive between 7:30 and 8 a.m.) and brunch. To register: 503-623-4961.


Women's walking club

DALLAS -- Dallas Women's Walking Club invites women of all ages to walk at 8 a.m. on Saturdays at LaCreole Middle School track, 701 SE LaCreole Drive. For more information: Malia Barrientos at 503-831-0616.


Pilots host breakfast

INDEPENDENCE -- The Polk County Chapter of Oregon Pilot Association (OPA) will have its annual breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the EAA Hangar at 4803 Airport Road.

The menu includes pancakes, eggs, ham, juice and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults; $4 for children under 12.

Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund used for flight training certification or toward a degree in aviation.

The event is held in conjunction with the Hop and Heritage Festival. Shuttle service between the airport and downtown Independence will be available every 15 to 20 minutes.

For more information: Marcia Noell at 503-606-0870.


Drivers ed at CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- Driver's Education Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11 to Nov. 6 at Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St.

The course is sponsored by Chemeketa Community College (CCC) and includes 34 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training. It is for students 15 to 18 years of age.

Cost for students with an instruction permit who are under 18 is $250; students with a driver's license or who are 18 with an instruction permit will pay $460.

Pre-registration is required. For more information: CCC Santiam campus at 503-399-5215.


Perrydale auction set

PERRYDALE -- The Perrydale Parent Club's annual auction, which raises funds for the school's many student programs, is set for Feb. 7, 2007, and organizers are accepting donations and prize items already.

Donations are tax deductable. Community members who want to help should contact Leanna Deters at 503-831-3303 or the school at 503-623-4186.

The silent and oral auction evening will begin at 4 p.m. and includes a catered dinner and dessert.


Meditation group meets

DALLAS -- An informal meditation group plans to hold open meetings at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 6 at 2200 E. Ellendale Ave. The site is the Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center, which has donated the meeting space but no is not a sponsor of the group. For more information: Rich Brown at 503-623-5588.


Valley nursery tour

POLK COUNTY -- Dancing Oaks Nursery south of Monmouth is on the route of a fall gardening event called "Le Tour de Plants that offers the public a self-guided tour of 27 Willamette Valley nurseries Sept. 16-24.

Dancing Oaks, at 17900 Priem Rd., will conduct demonstrations of fall container planting, pebble mosaics and concrete leaf casting.

For more information about the tour: For directions to Dancing Oaks: or 503-838-6058.


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