9/3 Community Notebook

County reschedules

several road projects

Polk County Public Works has adjusted its upcoming road project schedule.

Culvert work on Oakdale Road originally scheduled for Sept. 24-25 will now take place Sept. 3-4. Work will occur at the end of the paved portion of the road, about 1/2 mile south of Barnhart Road. The road will be completely closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Work scheduled on Stapleton Road between Talmadge Road and Highway 99W has been moved from Sept. 8-12 to Sept. 15-26. The road will be completely closed during this time and alternate routes will need to be used.

And work slated for Robb Mill Road on Sept. 23 has been rescheduled for Sept. 29. The project involves culvert work at 16910 Robb Mill Road, about 3/4 mile west of Ellendale Avenue. The road will be completely closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

For more information: Polk county Public Works, 503-623-9287.

Signups begin for

church youth club

Evangelical Bible Church is starting the 28th year of its AWANA Club beginning with a registration event tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 3), from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the church gymnasium, 1175 SE Howe St., Dallas.

The group meets on Wednesdays from Sept. 10 through April 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

AWANA is a program of games, stories and Bible study for youths ages 3 through high school.

For more information: Evangelical Bible Church, 503-623-2331; Randy Flaming, 503-838-3893.

Tickets for VALOR

fundraiser on sale

Tickets are still available for "Pigs, Pineapple and Poison," a murder-mystery luau dinner fundraiser to benefit Victim Advocate Leaders for Opportunity and Rights (VALOR).

The event is scheduled Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Events Center, 939 Main St., downtown Dallas. Tickets are $25 per person and should be purchased by Friday, Sept. 5.

VALOR is a nonprofit organization that helps crime victims throughout the Polk County community.

For more information: Misty Sorte, 503-623-9268; sorte.misty@co.polk.or.us.

Community 'coffee

club' meets Friday

A Dallas community coffee club, hosted by Jim Sliker, will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Courtyard Coffeehouse & Deli, 156 SE Mill St.

A discussion of current events, the economy, investing and other topics in an informal setting is planned.

RSVP is requested by Thursday, Sept. 4. For more information: Colleen, 503-623-2146.

Breakfast on tap

Saturday in Monmouth

The Monmouth Senior Center will host its monthly community breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The menu includes pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12-and-under.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Dallas seniors set

fundraising meal

The Dallas Area Seniors will hold a brunch fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the senior center, 955 SE Jefferson St.

A variety of quiches, hash browns and other brunch items will be served. Cost is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the Dallas Area Seniors new building fund.

For more information: 503-623-8554.

Kings Valley school

is hosting carnival

Kings Valley Charter School will host its Back to School Carnival Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 38840 Kings Valley Highway.

The event will include vendor booths, a community baseball game, dunk tank, pie throwing and a garage sale. A barbecue will also be offered, with a hamburger meal costing $4.50 and a hot dog meal costing $2.50.

Vendor space is available for $10.

For more information: 541-929-2134.

Amateur radio club

offers local training

The Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADs) will conduct its next amateur radio "boot camp" Sept. 5-6.

The class meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the board of commissioners meeting room at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.

This intensive class will cover all aspects of what is required to obtain a Technical Class amateur radio license. Cost is $30, which includes manual, study materials, snacks on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Advanced registration is recommended.

A testing session is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse.

For more information: Bob, 503-831-2313; e-mail to w7lou@msn.com.

Community meal

planned at church

A community breakfast is being offered by Dallas United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Anyone is welcome to attend. The breakfast is free, though a donation of $5 per person or $20 per family is suggested. Proceeds benefit an all-church retreat.

The church is located at 565 SE LaCreole Drive in Dallas.

For more information: 503-623-2481; e-mail to dallasumc@qwestoffice.net.

Children's book

workshop slated

A children's book writing workshop will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, in Room B at Western Oregon University's University Park Conference Center, 345 Monmouth Ave. N.

Instructor Gwynne Spencer will provide tools to write a children's book in a concise format, following the "Hero Journey" paradigm.

Issues covered include copyright, illustration, manuscript, formatting, and submitting to publishers.

Cost is $25. To register or more information: 503-838-8483.

Support group

to meet Monday

Oregon Rescue Mediums' support group for psychic children and their parents will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, at Dallas City Park. The event location, accessed via the Academy Street entrance, will be marked by balloons.

In the event of rain, the meeting will move to a residence at 2745 Ballard Road.

Meetings are planned for the second Monday of each month.

For more information: Tina Smith, 503-623-6785.

Storytimes resume

at Dallas Library

The Dallas Public Library will resume its youth storytime programs beginning next week.

Infant/toddler storytimes continue on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 9. Storytime for preschoolers are set for Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 11. All events take place in the children's room at Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St.

Music, stories, songs and activities are planned. All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Women's military

group to gather

The Salem Women's Military League, serving Polk and surrounding counties, will hold a luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Old Europe Inn, 3195 Liberty Road S. in Salem.

Guest speaker is Jim Willis, director of the Oregon Veterans' Affairs in Salem.

Any woman commissioned, or who is a wife, widow, mother, daughter or sister of a commissioned or warrant officer in military service, active duty or retired, is eligible for membership. Annual fee is $15.

For more information: Anne Rose, 503-585-5810.

Library book club

scheduled meeting

The Monmouth Public Library Book Group will hold its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the library's public meeting room, 168 S. Ecols St.

Participants should bring a book title to suggest for this year's schedule.

The book club meets on the second Thursday of the month from September through June. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information: 503-838-1932.

Arts council seeks

donations for auction

Falls City Arts Council continues to accept clean, salable items for its Saturday, Sept. 13, fundraising auction.

Funds generated will be used to bring a variety of artistic performances and events to Falls City.

The event is set to begin at 4 p.m. with a silent auction and a preview for the 6 p.m. oral auction at Falls City Fire Hall.

Lists to record donations are available at A & N Hometown Grocery, City Hall, Boondocks and Wagner Community Library.

For more information, to donate, or to schedule pick up of an item: Gladys, 503-787-6105; Tom, 503-787-4311.

Knights of Columbus

receive recognition

The Dallas Chapter of Knights of Columbus recently was honored with multiple awards of recognition by the Oregon State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Honors the local chapter received at the organization's 2008 state convention in Astoria included recognition as the Oregon council of the Year.

The Dallas chapter also received recognition for service to the community, for serving youth in the area, and for meeting or exceeding membership goals for the past fraternal year.

Rhododendron group

to discuss event

Members of the Willamette Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, which includes Polk County, will show photographs and tell stories of gardens and historic sites associated with the Rhodo 2008 Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at First Methodist Church's Carrier Room, 600 State St., Salem.

For more information: Keith White, 503-838-1133 (daytime only).

Parenting seminar

set for Sept. 27

A one-day Love and Logic Parenting Seminar is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at Faith Free Evangelical Church, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave. in Dallas.

The class teaches simple and practical techniques that can be used with anyone, any age, to improve relationships.

The seminar, instructed by Polly McCrea, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per couple. and registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 19.

For more information: 503-623-8034.

Senior councilors

sought from area

Volunteers are needed to train as senior peer counselors to provide free, confidential, personal and supportive mentoring to persons 60 years and older in Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties.

A free, basic, nine-session training program will be offered from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 2 at the Center for Successful Living, 3521 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem.

The program assists older adults to become more self-reliant and independent and have an enhanced quality of living. Committed volunteers being sought are 45 or older who have the patience, nonjudgmental attitude, and empathy to coach older adults experiencing depression, loneliness, anxiety, grief or changes in physical health.

Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 26. For more information: Jeff Lukehart, 503-373-2252; e-mail to jeff.lukehart@state.or.us.

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