DHS hosts drivers ed course
Registration is being accepted for a summer drivers education course at Dallas High School. The class begins Monday, June 9, and continues through Friday, June 27.
Classroom sessions are 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Driving instruction is for two hours following the classroom session.
The fee for the course is $275. Students must have a valid Oregon driver's permit. The fee and a waiver form must be turned in by 4 p.m. on June 5.
For registration information: 503-623-8336.
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Digital photo class offered
A class covering everything you need to know about the basics of digital photography is being offered at the Chemeketa Community College Dallas Center this month.
Introduction to Digital Photography is scheduled for four consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 23 and continuing through May 14. The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and participants should bring a digital camera and the manual to each class. Cost for the course is $48. Instructor is Susan Ragan.
To register or for more information: 503-623-5567 or 503-623-5206.
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Tickets on sale for concerts
Tickets are now available for the 72nd Salem Community Concert Series, to be held at the historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE.
The 2008-09 schedule includes: Sept. 7 - "Pavlo," Mediterranean music; Oct. 14 - "Pianafiddle," Bach to Bluegrass and everything in between; Feb. 5, 2009 - "Claremont Trio"; violin, cello and piano, blended; March 8, 2009 - Jonas Nordwall, internationally renowned organist; and April 24, 2009 - Dale Gonyca; rising king of piano humor and songwriter. Three additional, free matinees for students and their chaperons are also scheduled.
New subscribers will receive the Friday, April 11, concert featuring Franc D'Ambrosio as a bonus if tickets are purchased before that date.
For more information: Esther Ediger, 503-623-9055.
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Nominations open for heroes
The Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting nominations for its Real Heroes Awards.
Submission deadline is Thursday, May 1, for the nine categories of heroes.
Awards will be presented at the Real Heroes Breakfast on Sept. 4, coinciding with National Disaster Preparedness Month and remembrance of the American heroism following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Nomination forms are available online at www.redcross-salem.org.
For more information: 503-585-5414; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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group seeks members
Polk County is seeking applicants for appointments to the Polk County Committee for Citizen Involvement.
The committee is responsible for assisting the Polk County Board of Commissioners and other appropriate governing bodies with the development of a program that promotes and enhances citizen involvement in land-use planning in the county.
Deadline for applications is Friday, April 18.
Applications are available by contacting Becky Luker at 503-623-8173, or by visiting the Polk County Board of Commissioners office at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St. in Dallas.
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Area amateur radio
group meets Thursday
The Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the commissioners conference room at the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas.
This month's topic will focus on electrical safety, presented by a representative of Consumers Power Inc. of Philomath.
ROADS is a general purpose amateur (ham) radio club for the Polk County area with members whose interests include DX (long distance), public service and emergency communications, as well as educational and social activities.
For more information: Chris Portal, W7CLP, 503-787-4319.
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4-H leader forum
scheduled in Dallas
The Polk County Extension Service is hosting a 4-H leader forum, "Pathways to Possibilities," Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.
The event will take place Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave. It is open to all 4-H leaders, teen leaders, junior leaders, classroom teachers and home-school teachers.
More than 35 activities, speakers, tours, practicum and workshops are scheduled, ranging from getting started in Lego robotics to livestock ethics and applied equine nutrition.
Cost is $40 and preregistration is requested. For more information: 623-5534, Ext. 114.
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plans benefit dinner
The Gate Youth Association of First Baptist Church in Independence is hosting a fundraising dinner event Friday, April 11, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Green Villa Barn, Highway 51 in Independence.
Open to the public, the fundraiser will include a dinner catered by The Sassy Onion Restaurant and Catering Company as well as entertainment from the Central High School Jazz Band and Santiam Christian's "Sold Out" drama group.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Gate Association's building fun and programs for youth in the Monmouth and Independence areas.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Donn or Joyce Wahl at 503-838-5653 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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PCHS Blossom Drive
set for this Saturday
The Polk County Historical Society's 2008 Blossom Drive will take place Saturday, April 12.
The event will include an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Brunk Farmstead as part of the annual tour through the Eola Hills in Polk County. The Harrison and Emily Brunk Century Farm is located at 5705 Salem-Dallas Highway (Highway 22W).
This year the tour will also include the Polk County Historical Museum at 560 Pacific Highway (99W) in Rickreall. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours.
Donations are accepted for tours and refreshments are sold.
For more information: Jo Ann King, 503-838-6603; Polk County Museum, 503-623-6251; Brunk House, 503-371-8586.
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Cook-off will benefit
Relay for Life team
The Dallas Evangelical Church Relay for Life team will host a cook-off fundraiser on Saturday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m.
The cook-off takes place at the Thirdspace Community Center, located in the basement of the church, 783 SW Church St., across from the Dallas Post Office. It will feature homemade pies and chili, and contestants may enter one or both categories and as many in each category as desired.
All entry fees are on a donation basis. All funds raised go toward Relay for Life of Polk County 2008.
Judges are also needed for this tasty event. For a donation at the door taste all you want and vote for your favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
To register or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-917-1245.
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Arc of Polk plans
spring potluck event
Arc of Polk will host a spring potluck for community members with disabilities on Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Arc of Polk Community Center, 240 SW Washington St., Dallas.
The event is open to staff, caregivers and children and families with disabilities.
To RSVP or for more information: Olivia Hibbs, 503-623-9721.
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Geranium sale aids
DHS senior party
Dallas High School's Senior All-Night Party Committee is accepting orders for geraniums to raise funds to support the annual drug and alcohol-free event for students.
Pink, red, salmon or white geraniums in six-inch pots sell for $5 each. Plants, grown by Egan Gardens, will be ready for pickup Thursday, May 8, at the high school, 1250 SE Holman Ave. Deadline to order is Tuesday, April 22.
Orders and payment may be sent to John or Janet Beck, with checks made out to DHS-SAP, P.O. Box 752, Dallas, OR 97338.
Orders and payment may also be dropped off at the main office at Dallas High in care of John Beck.
The Senior All-Night Party provides a safe and constructive environment for graduates to have fun and celebrate their accomplishment.
For more information: John or Janet, 503-831-0368.
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Deadline to register for the Cognitive Emotional Linguistic Training workshop is Thursday, April 10.
The workshop, sponsored by WOU's Division of Extended Programs, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Unit B, University Park Conference Center, on the WOU campus.
The Emotional Freedom Technique combines modern brain research with traditional Chinese acupressure to eliminate stress, fears, limiting beliefs, chronic discomfort, as well as improving life in general.
Cost is $25 and preregistration is required as class size is limited. To register, for directions or more information: 503-838-8483.
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Writers seminar set
to be held at WOU
A writers workshop designed to help authors write books designed on strong plot structure is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, from noon to 3 p.m. at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
The workshop, sponsored by the Division of Extended Programs at Western, takes place in Unit B of the University Park Conference Center on the WOU campus in Monmouth. Gwynne Spencer is the instructor.
Cost is $25. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 10, and preregistration is required.
For more information: 503-838-8483.
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April 15 at Ugo's
A fundraiser to help cover expenses incurred by cancer patient Ashley Regalado will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Ugo's Pizza, 967 Main St., Dallas.
Ugo's will donate 50 percent of its sales to a medical expense fund set up for Regalado of Dallas.
Qualifying sales include dine-in, picked-up meals and gift certificates purchased during the designated hours. Deliveries are not included.
Donations can also be made at OSU Federal Credit Union, 210 NE Orchard Drive in Dallas.
To order pizza during the fundraiser or for more information: Ugo's, 503-623-4943.
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A five-week class titled "Writing for Self Discovery" will be offered beginning April 16 at the Chemeketa Community College Dallas Center, 1340 SE Holman Ave.
Instructed by Joanne Scarcer, the course teaches writing as a tool for self reflection, self expression and personal growth.
The class meets on Wednesdays from April 16 through May 14. Cost is $40.
For more information: 503-623-5567.
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is set for April 17
Bipartisan Candidate Night 2008, open to the public, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway in Independence.
Master of Ceremonies Joe Penna will host the event, where candidates will have 10 to 15 minutes to share who they are, what their goals are and why they are in politics.
A questions-and-answer session will be held after all candidates speak. Refreshments will be available.
To be on the panel, contact Ray Godfrey at 503-838-1206 or Green Villa at 503-838-3475.
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planned by LVCS
Luckiamute Valley Charter School is celebrating its fifth birthday with its annual spaghetti dinner and fundraising auction on Friday, April 18.
The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public, will be held at the Bridgeport Chapel, 16930 Bridgeport Road, Dallas. A silent auction is planned from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a live auction at 6:45 p.m.
Items up for bid include fishing excursions, catered dinners, weekend use of a beach house, a wine package and a spa. Auction donations are still being accepted. All proceeds benefit the school and its activities.
For more information: Kristi Reed, 503-871-9380.
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Gem, mineral show
on tap at fairgrounds
The Polk County Fairgrounds is the site for the 53rd annual River of Gems, a gem and mineral show April 18-20.
Dealers specializing in precious gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals, beads and more will be on hand each of the three days.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 18; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 19; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20. A treasure hunt for kids 12 and under will take place Saturday at 1 p.m.
Admission is $1; children 12 and under free. Parking is free.
For more information: 503-623-3048.
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Garden club slates
annual spring bazaar
The Falls City Garden Club will host its annual spring bazaar on Saturday, April 19. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event will be held at Mountain Gospel Church, 257 N. Main St.
In addition to crafts and the usual collection of common and rare plants for sale, Cynthia Lester will present a program on Enhancing Health with Gardening - part of the local libraries' Lifelong Learning series - from 10 a.m. to noon.
Activities include making pressed flower bookmarks, potting flower starts to take home, an introduction to basic plant care, a display of garden tools and raised bed containers, helpful garden hints, and the raffle of an Adirondack chair. Cookies and coffee will be served.
For more information: Barbara Spencer, 503-787-4311.
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AARP offers driving
A two-day AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Monday and Wednesday, April 21 and 23, at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St.
The class will meet from 8 a.m. to noon each day. Cost is $10, which includes all materials, and space is limited.
The two four-hour classes are designed to promote personal awareness, sharpen skills for safer driving, provide driving tips and cover issues related to mature drivers.
For more information or to register: Jim Sevcik, 503-623-5939.