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Community Briefs

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Polk executions

A historical program titled "Necktie Parties" will follow the 1:30 p.m. business meeting and election of officers of the Polk County Historical Society on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Polk County Museum in Rickreall.

Author Diane Goeres-Gardner will present the program based on her book about the legal executions held in early Oregon between 1851 and 1905, including five Polk County hangings. She will also discuss the effect of capital punishment laws on society.

For more information: Polk County Museum at 503-623-6251.

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CENTRAL FFA EVENT

INDEPENDENCE -- Central FFA Alumni have scheduled a benefit auction and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Central High School.

Money raised will provide scholarships for FFA Students and help sponsor other FFA activities and projects.

The silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.; dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and the oral auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults andr $5 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

Everyone who signs up for a bidder number will receive a chance to win a door prize (participants must be at least 18 years old and be present to win the drawing).

Anyone who would like to donate items for the auction or who needs more information may call Kathy Alderson at 503-838-3736 or Lisa Coffman at 503-838-2981.

The Central FFA Alumni is a non-profit organization whose members consist of former FFA students, parents and community members. The group's mission is to provide support for Central High School FFA in all areas of agricultural education.

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PERRYDALE AUCTION

The Perrydale Boosters annual auction and dinner is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Starting at 4 p.m., the events will include no-host cocktails, a buffet dinner, and silent and oral auctions to raise funds for Perrydale School programs.

Donations of auction items and money are welcomed. For more information: Michelle Carmona, 503-838-1439 or freshwreaths@earthlink.net.

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DALLAS AWARDS NIGHT

The Dallas Community Awards banquet is set for Friday, Jan. 20 at BeckenRidge Vineyard & Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. The annual event recognizes businesses and individuals for their service to the community. Tickets are available for $25 per person at the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce office and Tipps Printing & Copies.

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HABITAT MEETING

Those interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and learning how their personal skills might may be put to use can attend a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 18, at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.

The organization will soon begin building a house at 251 N. Williams St. in Independence. It will be the first Habitat home built in Polk County in several years. For more information: Dave Andresen 503-364-6642.

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M-I CHAMBER FORUM

The next Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce lunch forum will be at noon on Feb. 8 at Amador's Alley Restaurant in Independence. Topics will be local tourism and the upcoming Monmouth sesquicentennial celebration. For more information: 503-838-4268.

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LIBRARY FUN

* MONMOUTH: The film "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (G, 2005, 68 minutes) will be shown at 3:15 p.m. today (Jan. 18) at Monmouth Public Library. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the library will have a Chinese New Year crafts program at 3:15 with all materials provided. For more information: 503-838-1932.

* INDEPENDENCE: Independence Public Library will have an "Art Exploration Event" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. School-age children can express their artistic sides in a variety of ways. On Saturday, Jan 28, the library will host "Are Your Really Gonna Eat That," an activity in which kids age 12 and up can create wild and unusuable edibles. For more information: 503-838-1811.

* DALLAS: Dallas Public Library will host a valentine-making activity at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 (a non-school day locally). Kids and adults are welcome, and all materials will be supplied. For more information: 503-623-2633.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sable House needs volunteers for its victims' assistance support groups and to staff a 24-hour hotline. No previous experience is necessary; volunteers will receive training.

A volunteer orientation and training session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. For more information: Jennifer Vaughn at 503-623-6703 or jennifersable@west-connect.com.by Friday, Jan. 20.

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OPEN HOUSE BENEFIT

The "Flaming Flamingos," sponsored by Flaming Medical Center, are hosting a fund raiser and open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Flaming Medical Center, 1000 SE Uglow St.

Representatives from Cookie Lee Jewelry, Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Party-Lite Candles will have products on-site to purchase and/or to order. A portion of the profits will benefit the upcoming American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information: Sue Schroeder at 503-623-8376.

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GFWC CLUB REUNION

DALLAS -- Former members of the GFWC Dallas Women's Club are encouraged to attend the biannual reunion luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Althea's Tea Room, 184 SE Oak St. Attendees may order their choice of menu items. For more information: 503-623-6766.

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ANNEXATION HEARING

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth City Council will hold a public hearing regarding the Central Baptist Church Annexation request at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 7 in the Council Chambers at Volunteer Hall, 144 Warren St. S.

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HEALTH BOARD MEETS

DALLAS -- The Polk County Health Advisory Board will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 in Room 324B of the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information: 503-623-8175.

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WOMEN'S CONNECTION

The Polk County Women's Connection will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Dallas Civic Center and will hear from stained glass creator Kenda Masshoff and author Helen Grace Lescheid, a World War II child refugee in Europe .

For more information: Annita at 503-838-4742 or Ellen at 503-831-3369.

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DRIVERS ED CLASSES

DALLAS -- Dallas High School is offering a winter session of driver education classes beginning Monday, Jan. 3O.

The classroom sessions will run from 6 to 9 p.m. through March 2.

Driving sessions will be scheduled before and after school.

All instructors have been state certified through the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Students must have a learner's permit and pay a $275 fee to be registered.

Space is limited. Registration is required by Friday, Jan. 27. To register or for more information: Pam Manville at 503-831-1975.

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COUNTRY GOSPEL

MONMOUTH -- Country gospel singer Jerry Ott, also known as "The Glory Road Traveler," will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Monmouth Christian Church, 191 Monmouth St., N.

A freewill offering will be taken and a time of fellowship will follow the concert. For more information: 503-838-4742.

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"LIFE WORKSHOPS"

Two all-day workshops sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Institute of Chemeketa Community College will be held this winter at CCC's Northwest Viviculture campus in West Salem.

"Giving Voice to the Printed Word" on Feb. 10, will teach effective reading aloud techniques.

"Landscapes of Memory" on March 3 will learn about the importance of places in writing.

Both workshop dates are Fridays, and both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and evening wine/snacks included. Cost is $120 each. For more information: 503-399-5181.

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RECORDING ARTIST

Former Dallas resident BobbiLynn White, now of Coquille, has recorded a 13-song county music album titled "Halfway Home" in Nashville, Tenn., on the Midland Records label. Some of her songs will play locally on KPIE radio. For more information: www.bobbilynnband.com.

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BENEFIT CONCERT

A benefit gospel concert for Bless the Childen Ministries featuring several Oregon and Washingtpn performers including Sharron Kremer of Dallas will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Court Street Christian Church, 1699 Court St. NE, Salem. In addition to the music, a video of lifesaving well-drilling projects in Uganda will be shown.

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DAY WITH PONIES

The Personal Ponies 4-H Club invites community members to a "Pony Sweetheart Day" with Shetland ponies at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6200 Poplad Lane, Independence. For more information: 503-930-1224 or peggy@personalponies-or.org.

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LOCAL SOLDIER DEPARTS

Spc. Mary Harper-Paulk, a 2003 Dallas High School graduate and now with the U.S. Army's 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, will depart for Iraq on Friday, Jan 20. She will join her husband, who is aleady on duty overseas.

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MISS MARION-POLK

Young women age 17 to 24 residing in Polk County are eligible for the Miss Marion-Polk Scholarship Program, a preliminary event to the Miss Oregon and Miss America pageants. The application process is explained at www.missmarionpolk.com. The local pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem.

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MORRISON GETS GRANT

DALLAS -- The December financial statement for Morrison Charter School shows that the school received a $75,000 reimbursement of funds as a state charter school implementation grant.

The money reimburses the charter school for a portion of the more than $100,000 it spend refurbishing and upgrading the facility it leases for $1 year from Dallas School District.

Those funds coupled with an apparent increase in projected operating revenues and a lower-than expected expense schedule provide for a projected year-end balance of $115,000. At the start of the current fiscal year, Morrison had a $40,768 balance.

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