The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce is still accepting nominations in the categories of first citizen; distinguished service; and large, small and new business of the year for the annual Community Awards Banquet.
Applications are available in the chamber office at 355 N. Pacific Highway. The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Werner Center (Pacific Room) on the Western Oregon University campus.
The theme of the event this year is Hawaiian: "Ohana (family) -- nobody is left behind in MI town!" Tickets for the banquet are $30 at the chamber office, MaPS Credit Union or Rick's Place in Monmouth. They will cost $35 at the door.
For more information: 503-838-4268.
UGO'S HELPS CAUSE
Ugo's Pizza of Dallas is offering a sweetheart deal to aid Dallas firefighters. On Valentine's Day, Tuesday Feb. 14, the restaurant will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to the Dallas Volunteer Firefighters' Medical Benevolent Fund.
The fund was created to assist a volunteer firefighter whose wife has been diagnosed with cancer and does not have insurance coverage for the costs of treatment.
By dining at Ugo's on the 14th, "You can let someone else do the cooking on Valentine's Day and help raise funds for a great cause at the same time," said Eriks Gabliks, the DFD volunteer association spokesman.
The firefighters held an auction and garage sale last week to raise money for the fund.
The Independence City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on its budget committee. Those interested should contact Karin Johnson at City Hall, 503-838-1212.
The Central Lions Club will host a pancake feed dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Central High School cafeteria (during the Central-Taft basketball game).
Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will cost $4 ($3 for kids under age 10; free for kids under age 4). Funds raised will go to the Central School District reading program. For more information: Carol Cable at 503-838-1683 or Walt Sinclair at 503-391-5752.
The Falls City United Methodist Church annual Valentine's Day Dinner fund raiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at the church on the corner of First and Main streets.
Choice of dinner times are 5 or 7 p.m. Cost is $8 per person. Proceeds from the Italian dinner will benefit the historic church's building restoration project.
For reservations or more information: 503-787-5607 or 503-787-3744.
Dallas Community School will offer an after-school art program on Thursdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, for students in grades 3 through 5. The sessions will run from 3 to 4 p.m. at Oakdale Elementary School, and total cost is $20. Mary Christensen will instruct. To register or for more information: 503-623-8351.
HAM BUFFS MEET
The Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) will be holding its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Commissioners' Conference Room at the Polk County Courthouse. ROADS is a general purpose amateur (ham) radio organization for the Polk County area with members whose interests include DX (long distance), public service and emergency communications, as well as educational and social activites.
Chris Portal, AD7GT, will speak on public service/event communciations for performance car rallies. All amateur radio operators or those interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator are invited. For more information: Bob Boswell, 503-623-1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A talent show fund raiser will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Faith Christian School in Dallas. Proceeds will be used for the church's mission of supplying books to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Kwamhlanga, South Africa.
Cost to attend is 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children under 12. The school is at 2290 E. Ellendale Ave.
The City of Dallas will sponsor and pay the fees for a lifeguard class for all interested applicants.
Participants must be age 15 or older and must have filed an employment application with the city for a lifeguard position. They must pass a basic swim test to be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, before registering for the lifeguard class.
The class will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 27 to 31. Upon successful completion, applicants will be added to an eligibility list to be interviews. Before hire, they also must pass a background check and pre-employment drug test.
For more information: Dallas Aquatic Center, 503-623-9715.
A "Sweethearts Dinner" fund raiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Cynthian Cafe, 957 Main St., Dallas. Proceeds will benefit Workforce Northwest.
A choice of menu entrees includes chicken cordon bleu, beef burgundy or baked salmon with dill sauce. Cost is $12.95 each or two for $25. Beverages are included.
Entertainment will be provided by Dallas Music Connection.
For reservations: 503-623-9445.
BIKE TRAIL BENEFIT
Santiam Bicycle will host a fund-raising event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem. The mountain-biking movie "The Collective," a video of local riders in action, and a raffle are planned. Cost is $25, and each youth attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Funds raised will be used for more upgrades to the Blackrock Mountain Bike Park near Falls City. Last year's event raised $4,000 for that purpose. For more information: Joe Rykowski, 503-930-3643 or email@example.com.
Northwest Senior & Disability Services is offering a free American Red Cross training program in family caregiving aimed at individuals who care for loved ones age 60 and older.
The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at West Valley Hospital. Topics to be covered are positioning, prevention of pressure sores, safety and body mechanics, and personal care. Participants will receive information booklets along with the training.
For more information: Jenny Cokely, 503-373-2254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHURCH OPEN HOUSE
Ash Creek Bible Church will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, to celebrate the completion of its new building at the corner of 16th Street and Hoffman Road in Monmouth.
The church staff invited everybody in the community, and in particular all who had a part in the planning and construction process, to the event. There will be formal meeting, but tours of the facility will be available and refreshments will be served.
For more information: Pastor Ray Birch at 503-838-0241.
HAM RADIO FAIR
The Salem Repeater Association will host its 26th Annual Salem Hamfair at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Hwy. in Rickreall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.
All interested electronics enthusiasts are welcome. There will be many kinds of electronics gear, particularly amateur (ham) radio and short wave listening radios, available at the accompanying swap meet.
The Salem Repeater Association is dedicated to improving the emergency communications facilities in the local coverage area. As a byproduct, the general amateur radio community benefits from a multitude of reliable systems and counts on the revenue generated by the Hamfair each year to upgrade and add new equipment and facilities.
Hamfair pre-registration and SRA membership information can be found at www.qsl.net/w7sra.