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Community Notebook

*CERT training*Firefighters raise $5,000*Celebrate the Creek*Backpack results*Calendars for kids*Shrock moves up*Gospel concert*Pony dayset*Arts/Crafts Faire*Harvest Dinner*Garden program*Grandparenti

CERT training

-- The City of Dallas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold its fall training in October. Participants will receive FEMA certified training in light search and rescue, disaster medical and triage, basic fire suppression and psychology and terrorism.

The purpose of CERT is to provide assistance to the city's first responders -- police, fire and medical professionals -- in the case of a disaster.

Classes are free and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, Saturday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 21. The training will culminate in a mock disaster drill.

Upon completion members will be issued FEMA certificates and emergency gear.

For more information: Cindie Shaw, 503-623-7588.

Firefighters raise $5,000

-- Firefighters from Polk County Fire District No.1 raised $5,000 last week as part of a fundraiser for research and treatment on nueromuscular diseases.

Local firefighters stood along Highway 99W and took donations as part national "Fill-the-Boot" drive on Sept. 8 and 9. The district far exceeded its goal of raising $2,000. In addition to raising money on 99W, many local businesses helped allowing firefighters to leave collection boots on their counters to recah more customers.

"This is far beyond what we expected," said firefighter Matt Wiken. "We had people stopping and telling us `I've already given three times' as they dug through their wallets to give again." A check will be presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association by volunteers from the district and members of Polk County Professional Firefighters (IAFF Local 4196).

Celebrate the Creek

-- The Rickreall Watershed Council will have its annual "Celebrate the Creek" day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Dallas City Park near the old swimming pool.

A "conservation in the home program at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a creek cleanup project and a kids fishing derby. The first 100 people who sign up for the creek cleanup will get commemorative T-shirts.

For more information: 503-623-9680.

Backpack results

-- The Dallas Resource Center's backpack project and the community's generosity resulted in 173 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed to needy students in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City, Grand Ronde and Willamina.

"A special thank you goes to the Altrusa members who gave of their time and resources to put the backpacks together, and to Dallas Wal-Mart for providing the collection point," said C.J. Johnson of the resource center.

Calendars for kids

-- A children's activity, "Design your own calendar" for kids in grades 2 through 6, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Monmouth Public Library. All materials are provided. For more information: 503-751-0182.

Shrock moves up

-- Army National Guard Pvt. Kenneth G. Shrock of Independence graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is assigned to advanced infantry training, also at Fort Jackson. Shrock is a 2006 GED graduate of Chemeketa Community College.

Gospel concert

-- The public is invited to hear "Cornerstone" in concert 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Pedee Evangelical Church, 12995 Kings Valley Highway. A free chicken barbecue dinner will follow.

Christian gospel singers Gordon and Peggy Kuryluk are members of the Pacific Gospel Music Association and have been performing for 25 years. Their music, much of it written by them, includes southern gospel, inspirational and contemporary.

For more information: the church at 503-838-4073.

Pony day

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-- Personal Ponies farm of Independence will have an "Open Barn" day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. The public is invited to join in the trick-or-treating, kids pony cart rides, games and refreshments.

Personal Ponies is a non-profit organization that enriches the lives of children who need physical, mental or emotional confidence-building. For more information: 603-930-1224.

Arts/Crafts Faire

-- The annual Independence Airpark Arts and Crafts Faire featuring the handiwork of local artists will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at 733 Stearman St.

For more information: Margaret Smith, 503-838-1975 or gmsmith2@earthlink.net.

Harvest Dinner

-- Heron Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living will have its annual Harvest Dinner Celebration at noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at 504 Gwinn St. E., Monmouth.

Community members are welcome to join in the turkey and mashed potato dinner in honor of the local farming community. There will be door prizes and giveaways. To RSVP or more information: 503-838-6850.

Garden program

-- The Thursday, Sept. 28, Falls City Garden Club meeting features Jack and Phyllis Dickey presenting "Clarity at Misty Hill Farms." The meeting, open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gospel Fellowship Church in Falls City.

The Dickeys, California transplants, brought their iris, dahlia and cut flower business with them. They will discuss what they have done to create the local business and what they faced in differences of soil, pests and markets in this area.

The garden club will host its annual Fall Bazaar and Plant Sale on Oct. 28, and will discuss plans for the event at the meeting. For more information about the club: Barbara Spencer at 503-787-4311.

Grandparenting help

-- A series of "Grandfamilies Lifeskills Development" classes will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 21, in Salem.

The seven-week course provides support and techniques to grandparents, family members or caregivers in raising grandchildren or other dependents under age 18.

Classes are sponsored by NorthWest Senior & Disability Services. Cost is $20; scholarships may be available to seniors citizens. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 29. For more information: Suzie Covert at 503-373-2253.

Clarification

-- A Community Notebook item about Airman Ian D. Williams graduating from U.S. Air Force basic training omitted the information that he is the son of Marc and Belinda Williams of Dallas.

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