Community Notebook

*Awards will total $18,443*Nominations for M-I awards*Grant-writing help*It's all about bop*"Book Bingo"*DD housing workshop*Mediation training*Plant seminar*Linfield grads*Country dance*Dal

Awards will total $18,443

-- The Dallas Community Foundation announced that it will distribute $18,443 in grants this year from the Proal Fund and additional unrestricted funds.

Charitable organizations that provide services to senior citizens can apply for distributions from the Proal Fund. Other charitable organizations may apply for grants from the unrestricted funds.

The application deadline is Feb. 7. For more information on applying, contact Robert Ottaway at 503-623-5174.

The Dallas Community Foundation supports services and programs that primarily benefit residents within the Dallas School District boundaries.


for M-I awards --

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nominations are open for the annual Monmouth-Independence Outstanding Citizen Awards. Nomination applications are available at the M-I Chamber of Commerce, 355 N. Pacific Hwy.

The deadline is Feb. 28. The awards will be presented at a banquet on MNarch 22.

Categories for recognition are First Citizen; Distinguished Service; Small, Large and New Business of the Year; and Outstanding Agriculture Business.

For more information: M-I Chamber of Commerce, 503-838-6658.

Grant-writing help

-- "Essential Ideas for Successful Grant-seeking," a workshop conducted by the Oregon Community Foundation, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan, 22, at the Monmouth Public Library. Polk County non-profit organizations are invited to attend. Jeff Anderson and Megan Schumaker of OCF will be the presenters.

To register: Pam Beatty at 503-944-2128 or For more information:

It's all about bop

-- The history of punk rock and the underground sub-culture that bore it is the subject of an art display at Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University from now until March 16.

Western instructor David Ensminger created the exhibit "From Bop Apocalypse to Blitzkrieg Bop: The Counterculture of the Beat and Punk Generations," from his own vast collection of punk concert posters, records and other memorabilia.

The exhibit is located on the second floor gallery of the library and is open to the public.

The Hamersly Library is open 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday.

For more information: 503-838-8418.

"Book Bingo"

-- Bingo for adults ages 18 and older with prizes of books and snack goodies will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.

is no charge for the event; however, donations of books will be gladly accepted. For more information: 503-838-1.--

DD housing workshop

-- A workshop titled "Real Options for Our Families" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 SE Washington St. in Dallas. The subject of the workshop is affordable housing for Polk County adults with developmental disabilities. Assisted, semi-independent and independent options will be explored.

Advocates, providers and families of DD individuals are encouraged to attend. Lunch and child care are available for those who RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 11, to Linda Poling at 503-623-0405.

Mediation training

-- Basic Mediation Training will be offered by the VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) and community mediation services of Polk County, beginning Jan. 19 at 450 SE Washington St. in Dallas.

The training is for those interested in resolving conflicts in creative and positive ways in the home, neighborhood, workplace or cherever.

Cost is $100 per person. Training will be 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19, 23, 25 and 30 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3. Fore information: Ken, 503-623-3111 or by

Plant seminar

-- a comprehensive seminar on native plants will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at People's Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE in Salem. The session is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Native Plant Society, the Marion and Polk Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Xerces Society.

Registration by Jan. 16 is necessary; contact Janice Bryant at 503-391-9927.

Linfield grads

-- Polk County students who were awarded degrees at Linfield College's fall graduation ceremony last month were Shelli D. Miller of Dallas, in accounting, and James D. Atherton of Willamina, in physical education.

Country dance

-- A Country Folk Dance is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway. Cash & Company will perform, and Truman Price will call dances including old time squares, big circles, long-way sets and waltzes. No experience is necessary; all dances are taught.

Admission is $5 per person; kids 12 and under free. For more information: Sally Clark at 503-623-0809 or

Dallas singers honor-bound

-- Four students from Dallas will perform with honor choirs this weekend at the 2007 Oregon Music Educators Association State Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Eugene.

Freshman Robert Cadwallader, sophomore Marissa Francom and senior Maria Thackeray were selected for the high school honor choir based on audition tapes they made. There are separate honor choirs for boys and girls.

LaCreole eighth-grader Victoria Lindley was chosen to sign with the middle school honor choir based on the recommendation of Dallas-LaCreole choir director Jacqueline Lusk. "They're great kids, and they've all worked so hard," Lusk said. "I feel they deserve a little recognition."


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