Community Notebook

*Dallas Summerfest seeking sponsors*Political candidates to gather Thursday*LaCreole to stage play this weekend *Vendors sought for area farmers markets*Health, wellness event is Saturday*



Dallas Summerfest

seeking sponsors

Summerfest 2008 is about three months away, and the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors and volunteers to help support the annual community event.

Summerfest, with this year's theme of "Clownin' Around," is scheduled July 24-27. It features a number of events and activities spread out over the course of four days designed for all ages.

For more information: Chelsea Pope, DACC executive director, 503-623-2564; chelsea@dallasoregon.org.

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Political candidates

to gather Thursday

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 for local office 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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LaCreole to stage

play this weekend

LaCreole Middle School's drama department will be performing "Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen" Friday and Saturday, April 18-19.

The play takes place at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave., each night at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information: 503-623-6662.

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Vendors sought for area farmers markets

Two local farmers markets have kicked off their 2008 seasons and are seeking vendors interested in participating in the markets.

The Independence Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of Sterling Savings Bank, 302 S. Main St. It operates every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Vendor cost is $10 per week after $15 annual dues.

The Polk County Farmers market operates every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W) in Rickreall.

For more information: Martha Walton, 503-838-5424.

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Health, wellness

event is Saturday

A free health and wellness conference open to the public is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe St. in Dallas.

Featured speakers and topics include Dr. Steve Chaffee, "Diabetes: Diagnosis and Treatment;" Kathy Hull, "Diabetes: Prevention and Personal Experience;" Faith Shinn, "Osteoporosis: Assessment, Testing and Treatment;" Rena Schuck, "Twice Transplanted;" and Dr. Steve Johnson, "Strengthening the Core."

Hearing and blood pressure screenings will be available, and a variety of exhibitors will be on hand.

Lunch is provided; donations will be accepted. For more information: 503-623-2331.

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LMS parent-teacher

group meets Monday

LaCreole Academic Institute Foundation will conduct its monthly meeting on Monday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the library at LaCreole Middle school, 701 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas.

LAIF is a parent-teacher group that raises funds for academic materials not covered by the school district budget.

LaCreole parents and anyone interested can attend.

For more information: 503-623-6662.

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Local fundraiser

for Relay for Life

Ugo's Pizza has partnered with Nathan's Angels, a Relay for Life of Polk County team, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society local relay.

On Tuesday, April 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., Ugo's will donate half of all the sales to Nathan's Angels team for the local Relay for Life event.

Nathan's Angels will also be selling ACS/Relay for Life items such as key chains, bracelets, ACS Bears, ink pens and other items. All proceeds go toward ACS/Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life of Polk County will be Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, at Gallaspy Field at Dallas High School.

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Lions Club honors

Dallas resident

Susan Gartland of Dallas was recently awarded the International Presidents Award of Appreciation by Lions Club International.

The award was presented to Gartland in recognition of her leadership and commitment to service programs, including the collection of used eyeglasses for free distribution to both children and adults.

Gartland is also largely responsible for the Lions American Flag program in Dallas. First-grade students are given free American flags along with a brief history of the flag in an effort to promote pride and patriotism.

Gartland is the past president of the Dallas Lions Club.

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Senate candidates

to debate at WOU

Candidates for one of Oregon's U.S. Senates seats will take part in a debate at Western Oregon University Thursday, April 24.

Oregon House Rep. Jeff Merkley of Portland, Portland lawyer and activist Steve Novick, Candy Neville of Eugene, all Democrats, as well as independent John Frohnmeyer will be on campus at noon in the Oregon Room of the Werner University Center.

David Sarashon of The Oregonian newspaper will be moderating. The event is free to the public.

For more information: 503-838-8163.



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