Community Notebook

*Holiday fair listing deadline approaches*County fair planning meeting scheduled*DHS Class of '77 reunion Oct. 5-6*Spaghetti feed/open house set at MES*Apple Festival set for Oct. 13*Lo

Holiday fair listing

deadline approaches

It's the time of year for holiday events often called arts and crafts fairs, bazaars or greens shows. Polk County offers a large variety of them in November and December.

To handle them all, and to make sure we don't miss anybody, the Itemizer-Observer will publish a master guide of holiday fair events on Oct. 24. The deadline for organizers to provide dates, times and table rental information to the I-0 is Thursday, Oct. 18.

Send information to Caroline in our office preferably by e-mail at; by fax at 503-623-2395; or by mail or personal visit to Itemizer-Observer, 147 SE Court St., Dallas OR 97338.

Event organizers who want more exposure than provided in the Oct. 24 news guide are invited to call a display advertising representative at 503-623-2373.


County fair planning

meeting scheduled

The Polk County Fair Board, Polk County Fair Foundation, and Polk County Fair Improvement Association will have a joint planning session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the county fairgrounds.


DHS Class of '77

reunion Oct. 5-6

The Dallas High School Class of 1977 will celebrate its 30-year reunion on Oct. 5-6. The activities will start with a homecoming pre-game event at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at DHS, followed by a post-game party at Washington Street Pub.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, a gathering and dance will begin at 6 p.m. at the PEARL Gallery downtown.

For more information: Tammy Bird at 503-623-6676 or


Spaghetti feed/open

house set at MES

Monmouth Elementary School's annual Spaghetti Feed and Open House will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at 958 Church St. E. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. For more information: MES office, 503-838-1433.


Apple Festival

set for Oct. 13

The 23rd annual Brunk House Apple Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on the grounds of the historic Brunk farm at 5705 Salem-Dallas Highway.

Apple cider and desserts will be made and sold, tours of the immaculate house (built in 1861) will be given, and guests can enjoy the pear and apple trees, and rose, grape, berry, vegetable and herb gardens grown and tended by Polk County master gardeners.

Admission is a suggested donation of $1 to $2 per person.

The event is sponsored by Polk County Historical Society. For more information: Jo Ann King, 503-838-6603.


Local men complete

USAF basic training

Airman Joshua N. Caudillo of Independence recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Airman 1st Class Timothy J. Bucholz of West Salem recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.


More county road

work scheduled

Polk County road improvement projects this week include:

* Helmick road, shoulder widening, through Friday, Sept. 28, local traffic only, expect delays.

* Mill Creek Road, re-alignment pavement preparation, through Friday, Sept. 28, expect delays.

* Oakdale Road, repaving, through Monday, Oct. 1 (excluding the weekend), expect delays.


Chefs' Nite out

to aid Food Share

"Mountain West Chefs' Nite Out," an annual food- and wine-tasting benefit for Marion-Polk Food Share, will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at Willamette Valley Vineyards.

All proceeds will help provide emergency food to hungry families in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Tickets are $65 each. For more information: Linda Kromer, 503-581-3855, extension 318 or


Local studio artists

are part of tour

The annual Visual Artist Studio Tour includes six Polk County studio artists on Sunday, Sept. 30. For details and a map of the self-guided tour route, see and click on "Sunday Map and Directions."


Cemetery board

meeting date set

The regular monthly public meeting of the Dallas Cemetery Board has been moved to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Meetings are regularly held the first Thursday of the month at 2065 SW Fairview Ave. For more information: 503-623-5757.


Annual GEM


is Oct. 7 in Rickreall

The annual GEM Pancake Breakfast will be held 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (Highway 99 W) in Rickreall. Cost is $5 per person and the menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee and milk.

The event is sponsored by Rickreall Masonic Lodge No. 110 A.F. & A.M. and Order of the Eastern Star, Amity Chapter.


Field trips set

for bird lovers

Local Audubon Society field trips are scheduled for Oct. 20 to Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge and Oct. 24 to the Tillamook area. For details: 503-589-4636 for the Oct. 20 outing, and 503-364-6968 for the Oct. 24 trip.


Dallas girl will

compete in pageant

Natalie Richardson of Dallas will compete in the 2007 Miss Pre-Teen Portland competition on Oct. 14. The winner in Portland will represent Oregon in the Cities of America pageant in December in Orlando, Fla. Natalie's sponsors include Paving Stone Connections of Dallas.


Local agent honored

Molly Cobb, a Farmers Insurance agent in Monmouth, was one of four Salem-area individuals recognized by the company for outstanding sales achievements in 2006.

Apple Festival set

at Brunk House


Market penalized

The Rickreall Mini Market was fined $1,485 and will serve a nine-day suspension beginning Oct. 2 for failing to verify the age of a minor who bought alcohol during an OLCC compliance check in April.


Gospel singers due

The gospel music duo Cornerstone will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Dallas First Christian Church, 1079 SE Jefferson St. The public is invited.


Volunteers needed

The Polk County Literacy Program is recruiting volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, and conversational English.

Volunteers do not need tutoring experience; training is provided. An introductory meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Independence Public Library.

Contact: program coordinator Linda Kaufmann, 503-316-3282. The tutoring is an outreach program of Chemeketa Community College.


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