Community Notebook

*Central band salutes Beatles*Historical program is about textiles*Dallas grads earn college honors*Summer day camp set for Dallas kids*Night of fun to showcase activities*County repaving work continu

Central band

salutes Beatles

The Central High School band will perform "A Salute to the Beatles" tonight, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Under the direction of Ed Propst, the band will play hits of John, Paul, George and Ringo. The public is invited to enjoy the concert.


Historical program

is about textiles

A Polk County Historical Museum program on the care and preservation of textiles will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the museum in Rickreall.

Kuri Gill, former curator at Mission Mill Museum, will discuss textiles and fabrics as a heritage, and the public is invited to view the museum's own extensive collection of historic garments.

Refreshments will be served. The museum is located next to the Polk County Fairgrounds on Highway 99W.


Dallas grads earn

college honors

Lorelei Clarke graduated on May 11 with honors from Colorado State University with a degree in microbiology. She has been accepted into Ph.D programs at Tufts university and Texas A&M, and is considering a career in veterinary science.

Clarke, a former Dallas High School track and cross country athlete, also ran the Boston Marathon in April and finished in a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds.

Marita Barth of Dallas recently received a Ph.D. in macromolecular biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral thesis title was "Analysis of the structural changes caused by positive DNA coiling."

Barth has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jodie Holmberg of Dallas, a student at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., was presented with the Eliza A. Drew Award at an Honors Day ceremony on May 3. The scholarship is awarded for academic distinction in German language study.

Melina Lawson of Dallas graduated with honors with a degree in English from Simpson University in Redding, Calif.


Summer day camp

set for Dallas kids

Dallas School District in partnership with Polk County Mental Health will host a "Summer Blast" day camp at Whitworth Elementary School for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Each of the two-week units has its own theme - June 25-July 5 is "Exploring our world;" July 9-19 is "Blast into Space;" July 23-Aug. 2 is "Sports Adventures;" and Aug. 6-16 is "Arts and Music."

The camps will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, and lunch is provided. Cost is $50 per child or $100 for a family. Registration forms are available at Dallas elementary schools; for information call Tara Manitsas at 503-623-8351 or Margaret Terry at 503-623-8316.

Community residents interested in sponsoring a youngster can do so at Lyle, Oakdale Heights or Whitworth elementary. Currently 10 students who would like to attend need help.


Night of fun to

showcase activities

"Showcase, a Night of Performance, Art and Action" will be presented on Wednesday, May 30, by Dallas Community Activities students in theater skills, art adventures and karate classes.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. at the LaCreole Middle School cafeteria and is free.


County repaving w

ork continues

Polk County road work continues this week with new paving projects on Rogers, Airlie, Elkins and Maple Grove roads.

The Rogers Road work will go through Monday, May 21, while repaving on the other roads will go through Friday, May 18. Motorists should expect delays.

Repaving that started earlier in the month on Zena, Orrs Corner and Riddell roads should be completed on Friday, May 18. Spring Valley Road resurfacing was completed on May 15.


Registration due

for show animals

Members of 4-H and FFA who plan to sell their market sheep, swine, meat goats, chickens or rabbits at the Youth Livestock Auction during the Polk County Fair in August must register, weigh and tag their animals by Saturday, May 19.

That process runs from 9 a.m. to noon on at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. It is the only opportunity for 4-H & FFA members to register in these areas of the market program.

Sheep, swine and meat goat exhibitors will weigh their animals and obtain ear tags. Chicken and rabbit exhibitors must also register their market animals. Rules and contracts will be available on site.

For more information: Loreen Haight, Polk County Fair Market co-superintendent, at 503-843-4978


IHS all-class

reunion slated

The Independence High School all-class annual reunion will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Henry Hill Elementary School, 750 Fifth St. Henry Hill is the site of the former IHS, which served Independence until 1950 when Central High opened.

All former students are invited to attend and bring their families, photographs and stories they wish to share. A lunch by Cynthian Catering will be served.

Cost is $12 per person, and reservations must be made by July 10 by sending payment to IHS Reunion, Box 291, Independence OR 97351. For more information: Al Oppliger, Class of '50, at 503-838-1141.


Lowery elected

OFDA president

The Oregon Funeral Directors Association announced the election of Amy Lowery of Dallas as president at the group's annual meeting in Bend. Lowery is a third-generation funeral director and is co-owner of Bollman Funeral Center and Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. She is involved in several community organizations and serves on the state Lottery Commission.


MI Chamber

has new hours

New hours for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The chamber also seeks a volunteer worker for the office, located at 355 North Pacific Highway in Monmouth. For more information: Amberly Van Winkle at 503-838-4268.


DRV anniversary

event is June 1

The public is invited to help Dallas Retirement Village mark its 60th anniversary with an all-day celebration on Friday, June 1. A community garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a hot dog, chips and root beer float lunch for $1.50 will be served from noon to 1 p.m.; and "Will Rogers" shows will be presented at 1:30 and 3 p.m.

For more information: 503-623-5581.


Postal Service

exam dates set

Applications for the Postal Service entrance exam for the Salem area will be offered from June 11 to June 25. Examinations are offered infrequently, and this is an opportunity for Postal Service applicants to get on the list. For more information: or 866-999-8776.

Pentacle Theater slates auditions

Auditions for the Agatha Christie mystery classic "And Then There Were None" at the Pentacle Theater will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the theater lobby. Eight actors to play males age 20 and up; a woman to play mid 20s, and two women to play age 40 to 70 are needed.

Director is Faye Pitman Trupka. Scripts are available at the Pentacle business office, 145 Liberty St. in Salem, Suite 102. Rehearsals will begin on June 4, and performances are scheduled for Aug. 17-Sept. 8. For more information: 971-218-9494 or


Whisler benefit event planned

Grand Ronde community members will hold a series of fund-raising events for Jackie Whisler, who is suffering from a life-threatening illness. Whisler has long been active in tribal affairs and was a language specialist until her health declined.

On Saturday, June 30, a silent auction, concert and barbecue will begin at 3 p.m. in the tribal gym. To purchase tickets or to make a direct donation, contact Angela Sears at 503-879-1961 or Donations can also be made at Bank of America branches to the Jackie Whisler Medical Fund.


WV Hospice offers training

Willamette Valley Hospice based in West Salem is offering a free hospice volunteer training session from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at 1015 Third St. NW. The training is for relatives, caregivers and other volunteers of hospice patients. For more information: 503-588-3600 or


Amvets plan several events

Amvets Post 1776 is collecting faded, torn or tattered U.S. flags for proper disposal during a retirement ceremony slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16. To have flags picked up, for ceremony location or more information: Ruth, 503-838-3477 or Kathy, 503-623-4157.

POW/MIA and 40 American burial flags donated by family and friends of American veterans will be flown for display May 25 to 28 at Hill Top Cemetery in Independence.

A Memorial Day Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Veteran's Memorial at Riverview Park in Independence.


Swing II dance lessons offered

East Coast Swing II dance lessons for fun, exercise and social interaction will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the PEARL Gallery, 857 Main St. The class is suitable for those having taken East Coast Swing I lessons. For more information: Leslie or Penny, 503-831-1341.


Alpaca day set

An alpaca shearing day is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at C-More Alpacas, 9350 Rickreall Road. Information about alpacas and their fiber will be available, and raw fiber of man colors, sheared directly off alpacas of choice, will be sold. For more information: Vi McCoy, 503-623-1319.


Dance is Friday

"An Evening of Dance" event at BeckenRidge Vineyard will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 18 at 300 Reuben Boise Road. Cost is $15 per person. For more information: 503-831-3652.


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