*Master Gardeners to host plant sale*Candidate opens office in Dallas*County property taxes due May 15*Used book sale to benefit Relay*Sale will benefit mission work*Chocolate buffet

Master Gardeners

to host plant sale

Polk County Master Gardeners are hosting their 18th annual plant sale May 9-10 in Building C at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway W. in Rickreall.

The sale will feature a wide variety of perennials and annuals, herbs, tomatoes and vegetables, trees and shrubs, native plants and hanging baskets. Door prizes and a "country store" with an assortment of unusual items will also be available.

Certified Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. Parking and admission is free.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information: 503-623-8395.

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Candidate opens

office in Dallas

Mike Fagan, candidate for Polk County District Attorney, has announced the opening of his campaign headquarters at 131 SW Court St. in Dallas.

Fagan plans to be available on a regular basis to meet with Polk County citizens.

Fagan has also scheduled a "community conversation" on Thursday, May 8, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Court Street location.

For more information: 503-409-5491; or e-mail to

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County property

taxes due May 15

The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the third installment is due by Thursday, May 15.

Payments may be made at all area banks except Wells Fargo, by mail or in person at the tax office in Dallas. Payments that are mailed must bear the May 15 postmark to avoid interest.

For more information: 503-623-9264.

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Used book sale

to benefit Relay

Books galore will be found at a used book sale scheduled this weekend in Dallas to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Polk County.

The Dallas Curves relay team event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at the Dallas Wal-Mart, 321 NE Kings Valley Highway.

Donations of used or new books can be dropped off at Dallas Curves, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 703, prior to the event.

The Relay for Life of Polk County is set for 6 p.m. to noon, Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, at Dallas High School's Gallaspy Field.

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Sale will benefit

mission work

Faith Evangelical Free Church is holding a fundraising rummage and bake sale Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave. in Dallas.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit summer mission trips. A junior high group will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, and an adult team will go to Papua, New Guinea.

For more information: Paula Friesen, 503-623-5991.

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Chocolate buffet

fundraiser on tap

Mark your calendar for this weekend's "All You Can Eat Chocolate Buffet" on Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

The fundraiser is hosted by the Square Dancers for Life, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Polk County team.

Cost for the chocolate buffet is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

The Relay for Life of Polk County is Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 6 p.m. to noon, at Dallas High School Gallaspy Field.

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Kids can plant

flowers for mom

Kids from kindergartners to seniors in high school can plant a flower for their mom as a Mother's Day gift during an activity scheduled Saturday, May 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Independence Public Library.

All materials are provided free. The library is located at 175 Monmouth St. For more information: 503-838-1811.

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Folk dance on tap

at Guthrie Park

A country folk dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.

All ages are welcome for an evening of dancing to the live music of Cash & Company. Caller is Alan Ede and dances include a variety of styles including old-time squares, big circles, longway sets and waltzes.

No experience is necessary; all dances are taught.

Admission is $5 per person; kids 12-and-under are free.

For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809.

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Haircuts to aid

Relay for Life

Perfect Look Salon of Dallas is hosting a "Cuts for Cancer" fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Suggested donation is $10 per haircut. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Polk County. Haircuts will be available on a walk-in basis only, and will be taken on a first-come, first-served order.

Perfect Look Salon is located at 170 W. Ellendale Ave., Suite 102, in Dallas.

For more information: Nicole, 503-623-2135.

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Outdoor movie

to benefit cancer

The Dallas Evangelical Church Relay for Life team of Polk County will turn the church lawn into a movie theater at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10. Viewers of all ages can bring chairs and blankets for a family-fun evening. Donations will be accepted.

The movie, complete with popcorn, hot dogs and more, will raise funds to fight cancer and support the relay.

The church is at 783 SW Church St., across from the post office.

The Relay for Life is May 16 and 17 at Dallas High School's Gallaspy Field.

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Hunger is topic

of Saturday event

Marion-Polk Food Share will launch its "Women Ending Hunger" program Saturday, May 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at Willson Park west of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

This event will bring attention to the issue of hunger in Polk and Marion counties. Women Ending Hunger is a just-established auxiliary that will augment Marion-Polk Food Share's continuing efforts to feed hungry people, while simultaneously developing and assisting with implementation of strategies to end hunger in the area.

For more information: 503-581-3855.

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Trio of Whitworth

teachers retiring

The public is invited to a reception honoring the retirement of three Whitworth Elementary School staff members - Connie Bowers, Lou Brandt and Cindy Kleiman - on Wednesday, May 14.

Brandt has spent 25 years with the Dallas School District, while Bowers has worked 24 years for the district and Kleiman 15 years.

The 4:30 to 7 p.m. event will be held at Green Villa Gardens, 3110 Independence Highway.

For more information: 503-623-8351.

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Area blood donors

reach milestones

Three Dallas residents recently reached blood donation milestones during a Dallas Community Blood Drive hosted by First Presbyterian Church April 28.

Judith Mitchell has reached her goal of seven donated gallons of blood, while Doug Hill and Michelle Kliever have now donated three gallons each.

First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens St., Dallas, will host its next blood drive on Monday, June 23, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact: Pauline Trom, 503-623-4279.

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MES to celebrate

retiring teachers

Monmouth Elementary School will celebrate the retirements of teachers Melini Altermatt and Sharron Reynolds during a gathering Monday, May 12, at the school, 958 E. Church St.

The public is welcome to attend the event, scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information: 503-838-1433.

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June 6 gala event

to honor educators

Tickets are now available for the Dallas Distinguished Educator Gala to be held on Friday, June 6.

The evening dinner will recognize the six distinguished educators from the Dallas School District. They include Linda Ellingson, Janelle Ussery, Renay Barnes, Phil Osborn, Amy Ebner, and a sixth to be announced soon.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall. Tickets are $20 per person and dinner includes choice of tri-tip beef or chicken prepared by Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub.

Tickets may be purchased from Susan Strader, Dallas School District office,; Avenue Mortgage, Jeff Laeng at Windermere, Dallas, 503-623-4571; or Mitch Ratzlaff Insurance, 298 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 603, Dallas, 503-623-5875.

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M-I communities

plan cleanup day

The Monmouth and Independence Cleanup Day will take place Saturday, May 17.

Residents of both towns are encouraged to show their support by beautifying their own properties or volunteering for park restoration and riverbank, downtown and roadway cleanup. Lunch will be provided for all assisting with cleanup assignments. To apply, contact Pete Roy at 503-606-4910.

Citizens are encouraged to bring their refuse, including trash, wood, metals and tires to Riverside Park in Independence between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for local residents, $12 for those who live outside the cities.

No paint, chemicals, cement or household garbage will be accepted.

Elderly and disabled citizens requiring assistance with transportation of debris are asked to contact the police departments in Independence (503-838-1214) or Monmouth (503-838-1109) by May 16 to schedule a pickup.

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Youth market animal

weigh-in scheduled

Local 4-H and FFA members who plan to sell their market animals at the Youth Livestock Auction during the Polk County Fair in August must register, weigh-in and tag their animals on Saturday, May 17.

Sign-ins will run from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

This is the only opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to register in these areas of the market program. Sheep, swine and meat goat exhibitors will weigh in their animals on May 17 and obtain ear tags. Chicken and rabbit exhibitors must also register. Market rules and contracts will be available.

For more information: Loren Haight, 503-843-4978.


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