Relay For Life
Wake up to a fresh cup of coffee at local Dutch Bros. locations in Dallas, Monmouth and West Salem and support "Relay For Life Day" today (Wednesday, July 23) from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Polk County along with other American Cancer Society Relay for Life events.
For more information on how you can get involved, or to find a Relay for Life near you, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.
Quilt judging set
at Grandma's Attic
Grandma's Attic Sewing Emporium will hold a voting contest during Summerfest July 24-27 to determine the winning entry in its quilt challenge, "The Color of Courage."
The challenge, cosponsored by the Sunflower Barn of Monmouth, is a charitable event designed to raise funds for Sable House, an agency assisting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Polk County.
The public is welcome to visit Grandma's Attic, 167 SW Court St., Dallas, to view the entries and vote on their favorites. Judging categories include "best interpretation of theme" and "best use of color."
For more information: Rachel Greco, 503-623-0451.
offered by Lions
Dallas Lions Club will host a one-day free health screening for the community on Friday, July 25, in the Safeway parking lot, 138 W. Ellendale Ave.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., testing will be offered for visual acuity, hearing, diabetes, glaucoma and blood pressure.
Screenings are open to all adults and to children under 18 with written parental permission.
A three-hour fast (no food or drink other than black coffee or water) is required for diabetes screening.
Local health providers have volunteered to assist with the screenings, made possible by the Oregon Lions Mobile Screening Program.
For more information: John Hamstreet, 503-879-9038; Valerie Unger, 503-623-4006.
Weekend book sale
slated in Dallas
The Friends of the Dallas Public Library will hold its annual book sale July 25-26 at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St. Proceeds benefit the library.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. The Friends will clear out the room between 1:45 and 2 p.m. to set up for the traditional closing and "last hour" bag sale held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The group is still accepting donations of materials in good condition. However, Reader's Digest condensed books, text books and magazines cannot be accepted. Donated items may be dropped off during business hours up until the day of the sale at the library, 950 Main St.
For more information: stop by the library or call 503-623-2633.
Dallas Area Seniors will host the second annual Summerfest Chill Out from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25-26 at the senior center, 955 SE Jefferson St.
Pies, desserts, hot dogs, coffee and cold drinks will be available for purchase both days. Proceeds benefit the group's new building fund.
The center is also looking for volunteers to bring the food and drinks, walk the parade route and visit local businesses before the event.
Those interested can sign up on the bulletin board at the center.
For more information: 503-623-8554.
will assist ALS
A bake sale and car wash will be held Saturday, July 26, to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).
Sandy's Striders, a local walking team that will participate in the annual "Walk to D'feet ALS" event, will host the sale in The Pill Box parking lot, 625 SE Miller Ave. in Dallas.
For more information: 503-623-6820.
group to perform
Red Oak Station, a bluegrass gospel group from Eugene, will perform a concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Heart to Heart Fellowship, 191 Monmouth Ave. N., in Monmouth.
A freewill offering will be accepted. Finger foods and snacks will follow the performance.
For more information: 503-838-4742.
on tap Saturday
Salem Chamber Orchestra will host its fifth annual summer benefit Saturday, July 26, at Cubanisimo Vineyards, 1754 Best Road NW in West Salem.
"Hot Havana Nights" will raise funds Salem Chamber Orchestra, the mid-Willamette Valley's resident professional orchestra.
The 6 to 10 p.m. event will feature a Cuban-inspired menu and authentic music and dancers. All tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. Cost is $75 for individuals or $600 for a table of eight.
For more information: 503-480-1128.
Garage sale set
at farmers market
A community garage sale highlights the activities planned for this week's Kings Valley Farmers Market, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.
The market, located at the corner of Highway 223 and Maxfield Creek Road, features fresh local produce, plants and plant starts, soaps and lotions, candles, jewelry, jams, craft items, food and musical jams.
The market operates every Sunday through Oct. 12. New vendors are welcome.
For more information: Carol Shifley, 541-230-1253.
Salt Creek church
plans VBS event
Salt Creek Baptist Church has scheduled its Vacation Bible School, "Club VBS: Cactus Canyon," July 28 through Aug. 1.
Daily sessions run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the church, 15075 Salt Creek Road, and will include crafts, snacks and games as participants learn about the gospel.
A family fun day, which includes students and parents, is planned for Friday, Aug. 1.
For more information: 503-623-2976; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seth Bernstein will share his insights on successfully managing diabetes during a meeting of the West Valley Hospital Diabetic Support Group on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
Bernstein will discuss understanding the challenges diabetics face and offer guidance with those first steps toward living a healthier life.
The diabetic support group meet the fourth Monday of the month in the hospital conference room at 525 SW Washington St.
For more information: Bonnie Huber, 503-623-3091.
Former women's club
to hold reunion
Former members of the Dallas Women's Club will hold a reunion with lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Althea's Tea Room, 184 SE Oak St. in Dallas. For more information: Shirley, 503-623-6766.
Dallas Intercommunity Activities Network's ICAN Create Heritage Crafts program continues with a session on making a patchwork pillow on Wednesday, July 30.
The class meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dallas Senior Center and is open to ages 8 and older. Cost is $10 and registration is required.
The next four-week session of the program begins Wednesday, Aug. 6. Cost is $30, which includes supplies and snacks.
For more information: 503-507-5240; e-mail to email@example.com.
Camp Mighty Oak, Willamette Valley Hospice's overnight bereavement summer camp for the entire family, will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, at Aldersgate Conference Center.
Campers can take part in a full weekend of the traditional camping experiences, great food, new friends, and activities within a casual and comfortable setting.
Children ages 5 and older and their families will find ways to grow and gain more understanding about their grief and loss.
Cost is $50 per child and $75 per adult and includes all meals, lodging, activities and a T-shirt. Limited scholarships are available. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 30.
For more information: 503-588-3600.
A reunion for anyone who ever attended Independence High School is planned Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Henry Hill Elementary School, the former site of the high school.
More than 90 schoolmates have signed up to attend, including one coming all the way from Arlington, Va. Among the oldest attendees will be Phillip Sperling, who graduated in 1936, and John Pfaff, 91, who taught social studies and coached basketball at IHS in the late 1940s.
Members of the Class of 1948, who will be celebrating their 60th graduation anniversary, are especially urged to attend.
This year's luncheon will be catered by Capricorn Catering. Cost is $13.00.
For more information: Al Oppliger, 503-838-1141; or send a check made out to "IHS Reunion" to P.O. Box 291,
Independence, OR 97351.
book class topic
A workshop on writing a children's book is being offered through Western Oregon University's Division of Extended Programs on Sunday, Aug. 3, from noon to 3 p.m.
Participants will learn how to build exquisite characters and put them into precarious circumstances that they must overcome or die, and thus become heroes, all in a children's book format.
Issues of copyright, illustration, manuscript formatting and submitting a work to publishers will also be covered.
Cost of the class, which meets in Room B of the University Park Conference Center, is $25. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 31.
To register or for more information: 503-838-8483.
Class on making
tiles set at WOU
A beginning tile making class for ages 8 and above is being offered Aug. 5 and Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Western Oregon University.
The class, which meets in Room B of the University Park Conference Center, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., offers instruction in how to relief and/or carve in clay. Clay, tools, glaze, firing and instructor guidance is provided.
Cost is $60. Ages 6 and 7 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 31.
To register or for more information: 503-838-8483.
Meals for seniors
available in area
NorthWest Senior & Disability Services will be offering weekday meals for seniors in Dallas and Monmouth during August.
Anyone 60 years of age or older and their spouse is welcome.
Meals are offered Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Dallas at LaCreole Manor, 204 SW Walnut Ave., and in Monmouth at Praise Assembly Church, 189 S. Monmouth Ave.
Delivered meals are available for home-bound seniors.
A donation of $2.75 is suggested for the meals, and advanced reservations are required.
For more information: 503-623-6232 (Dallas); 503-838-2084 (Monmouth).