9/24 Community Notebook

Traffic closures set on Gun Club Road*Children, families subject of forum*Immigration topic of local discussion*Alternative energy tour set for Friday*Self-guided art tour this weekend*Down Syndrome g


More than 170 community members turned out for the 24-Hour Relay Challenge at Western Oregon University's McArthur Field on Sept. 20 - 21. The annual event, which raises money for youth programs and activities in Monmouth Independence, raised $7,500. This marked the 10th years year for the event.

Traffic closures set

on Gun Club Road

Gun Club Road between Hoffman Road and Monmouth Street in Independence will be closed to southbound traffic beginning today (Wednesday, Sept. 24) and continuing through Friday, Oct. 10.

The closure is due to construction activity in the area.

It is recommended that drivers use 16th Street as an alternate route.

For more information: Troy Plum, 503-871-1856.

Children, families

subject of forum

Oregon legislators and candidates for seats serving Polk and Marion counties have been invited to a forum Thursday, Sept. 25, with members of the Polk and Marion County Children & Families Commissions.

The meeting, open to the public, is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the West Salem Athletic Club, 300 Glen Creek Road NW in West Salem.

The forum will engage attendees in dialogue about how efforts to help the region's most vulnerable populations might be advanced during the next legislative session.

For more information: Brent DeMoe, 503-623-9664.

Immigration topic

of local discussion

A forum and community discussion on the subject of immigration is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at Christ's Church Methodist and Presbyterian United, 412 W. Clay St., Monmouth.

Speakers will discuss the history of immigration, the effects of immigration on our community, and immigration laws. A community discussion of immigration will follow the presentations.

For more information: 503-838-1724.

Altnerative e


tour set for Friday

Jason Brown, Democratic candidate for Oregon House District 23, will lead an energy independence tour throughout Polk County on Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour will showcase agriculture-to-energy projects at Willamette Biomass Processors, Rickreall Dairy and Cal-Gon Dairy to demonstrate existing energy solutions for Oregon farmers and energy consumers.

The tour meets and starts at 9 a.m. at Eola Hills Winery, 501 S. Pacific Highway (99W) in Rickreall.

For more information: www.brownforhouse.com.

Self-guided art

tour this weekend

The 2008 Artists in Action Visual Art Studio Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, throughout Polk County.

A variety of events featuring local artists are planned in Dallas, Independence, Monmouth, Rickreall and West Salem. The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Local artists scheduled to participate include Lynda Barrett (glass), Dale Bunse (clay and painting), Richard Bunse (painting and drawing), Ann Durley (mixed-media clocks), Paul Gentry (printmaking), James Kirk (watercolors), Kev Kohler (painting), Marilyn Krug (painting), Nathelle Norfleet (oil painting), Andrea Peyton (mixed-media), Judy Phipps (painting) and Genie Stewart (weaving).

Complete information on the event can be found at www.vasttour.com.

Down Syndrome

group sets events

Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association, which serves Polk County, will hold a fundraising concert and its 10th annual Buddy Walk to benefit families this weekend.

A concert featuring Rachel Coleman will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Morningstar Community Church, 4775 27th Ave. SE, Salem.

The buddy walk runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the amphitheater in Salem's Riverfront Park.

The $5 concert ticket allows attendees to enter both events. For directions or more information: 503-991-4281; www.wvdsa.com.

Workshop on family



The Polk County Historical Society is sponsoring a free family history writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W) in Rickreall. Lunch is included.

Participants will learn the latest computer research resources and how to implement them, basic writing techniques and samples of helpful forms, and suggestions on how to continue writing an individual's history. There will also be a demonstration on how to scan photographs and how to help preserve pictures.

The Polk County Historical Society is attempting to collect family histories of all those who are living or have lived in the county for a hardbound book, the Polk County Family History Book Volume 2, that it hopes to publish during the Oregon Sesquicentennial next year.

For more information or to RSVP: 503-623-6251; e-mail to pchsoregon@gmail.com.

Caterpillar employees

gather for reunion

All former Dallas Caterpillar (formerly Towmotor and Gerlinger) plant employees and their spouses will reunite for a potluck on Saturday, Sept. 27.

From 1 to 8 p.m., attendees will meet at the home of Gloria English and Jerry Bennett, 10765 Rickreall Road.

All are asked to bring their favorite food or beverage to share, own table service and folding chairs. Stories and memories will be shared.

For more information: Jerry Bennett, 503-623-2946 or 503-930-0771.

Pet planning for

emergencies set

An Emergency Preparedness Seminar, sponsored by Dallas Animal Clinic, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W) in Rickreall.

The free seminar, focused on being prepared for the safety of pets in uncertain times, begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Facilitator Dan Jemelka is staff veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Agriculture-Animal Health and Identification Division.

For more information or to RSVP: 503-623-3943.

Candidate to host

forum in Dallas

Jason Brown, Democratic candidate for House District 23, will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Dallas.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

For more information: www.brownforhouse.com; 503-606-4323.

Literacy program

seeking volunteers

The Polk County Literacy Program, an outreach of Chemeketa Community College, is recruiting volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, and/or conversational English in local communities.

Free training, materials and support for volunteers is provided. No previous teaching experience is necessary. Training workshops take place in early October and preregistration is required.

Additional information on the program, including an online orientation, is available at www.chemeketa.edu/collegelife/service/literacy/.

For more information: Linda Kaufmann, 503-316-3282.

Polk review board

seeking volunteers

The Citizen Review Board in Polk County is in dire need of volunteer members to serve on its boards and perform reviews of cases of children in foster and substitute care.

A component of the Oregon Judicial Department, the Citizen Review Board is composed of well-trained community volunteers. Board members allocate one day per month to participate in administrative reviews of children and youth placed in out-of-home care.

For more information: Maria Chavez-Haroldson, lead field manager for Polk County, 503-986-4527.

Lawn signs against

bond levy available

The Committee Against Dallas School Bond Levy will have lawn signs available for citizens opposing the measure.

The signs read: "No new taxes -- vote no -- Dallas school levy."

To obtain a sign or for more information: Jim Allgood, 503-623-3502.

Grant will assist

'family lifelines'

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley recently was awarded a $500,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support "Family Lifelines."

The program is designed to address the multiple needs of highly vulnerable children and their families in Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties.

Family Lifelines will serve children in the three counties who struggle with issues such as profound neglect, abuse, out-of-home placements in residential care facilities, juvenile detention and multiple foster care placements. For more information: www.ccswv.org.

Signups accepted

for ICAN classes

Dallas Intercommunuity Activities Network is accepting registration for two upcoming community programs it is coordinating.

"Choreographed Ballroom Jive and Single Swing" will be offered for six weeks starting Wednesday evening, Oct. 1, at the Morrison Gym. The class is open to ages 17 and older. Cost is $50.

The next four-week session of "Karate for Everyone" starts Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Morrison Gym. Youths 7 and up meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with adults meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and there are family rates available.

Dallas ICAN is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of fun, healthy and creative community enrichment programs in the greater Dallas area.

To register or for more information: Michele Campione, 503-623-5055; e-mail to michelec@dallasican.org.

Walk to benefit

breast cancer set

The fourth annual YWCA Discover Pink Walk, a fundraiser for women in Polk and Marion counties, is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, at Willson Park in Salem.

The walk, an easy 2-mile course through park trails and sidewalks, serves as a kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 12-17. A T-shirt is included. Children 11 and under are free, but youth T-shirts cost $5. Proceeds benefit diagnostic breast cancer screenings for low income, uninsured women under 40 who have breast symptoms of concern.

To register or for more information: 503-581-9922; www.ymcasalem.org.

Library group sets

benefit book sale

Friends of the Independence Public Library will host its annual September Used Book Sale Sept. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the old city library, 311 Monmouth St. in Independence.

Videos, DVDs, fiction, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, books for beginning and advanced writers, biographies, children's books, travel and magazines are among the types of items that will be available.

Cost for hardback books is $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Proceeds go toward upcoming programs at the library and for other needs.

For more information: Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811; Betty Plude, 503-838-4039.


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