Mary Kay party
to benefit ACS
A Mary Kay party to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, April 29) at 7 o'clock.
Thirty-percent of all sales will be donated to Relay For Life.
To RSVP, for location and directions, or more information: Marianne Baker, 503-623-8229.
Musician Mark Kershner, a former Monmouth resident, will perform at the Monmouth Senior Center on Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m.
Kershner has recorded 12 CDs reflecting his versatility, from lullabies recorded with his children to country, jazz and the big band sound.
Admission is $5, which includes dessert. Proceeds after expenses benefit the Ella Curran Food Bank.
For more information: 503-838-5678.
Open house set
for bus service
Cherriots (Salem-Keizer Transit) bus service has scheduled an open house in West Salem to give users an opportunity to review proposed service changes.
The meeting is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the West Salem Roth's, 1130 Wallace Road NW. Cherriots representatives will share information on its redesigned bus service it hopes will better serve the needs of the community.
For more information: 503-588-2424.
Dallas Area Seniors
host big sale
The Dallas Area Seniors will hold their annual "gigantic rummage sale" Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the senior center, 955 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.
Thousands of items will be for sale, ranging from clothing and crafts to books and furniture. Lunch and snacks will also be available at the event.
Proceeds will benefit the Dallas Area Seniors.
For more information: 503-623-8554.
Coffee club will
meet on Friday
A community coffee club hosted by Jim Sliker of Edward Jones will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Courtyard Coffeehouse & Deli, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas.
The public is welcome to attend and discuss topics in an informal setting. Coffee is provided.
For more information: 503-623-2146.
St. Thomas plans
St. Thomas Episcopal Church's annual rummage sale is set for May 1-2 at 1486 SW Levens St. in Dallas.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the church's vicar fund and youth activities.
For more information: Darla Newton, 503-623-3935.
FCS benefit event
scheduled May 1
Faith Christian School will host a fundraising dessert and auction event Friday, May 1, at the school, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.
"Sweet Night Out" starts at 6 p.m. with registration. A silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dessert auction and live auction. Proceeds benefit the school.
For more information: 503-623-6632; www.fceagles.com.
The Whitworth Wolves Relay For Life team will host its annual rummage sale Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 1151 SE Miller Ave., Dallas.
In addition to the sale, the group will be washing cars and selling mini-burgers/sliders.
Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's local Relay For Life of Polk County, scheduled May 15-16 at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence.
For more information: Mavel Diehm, 503-623-9134.
May 2 breakfast
set in Monmouth
Monmouth Senior Center will host its monthly all-you-can-eat community breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 180 S. Warren St.
Cost is $5 per person, $3 for children 12 and under, and includes eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds benefit the Monmouth Senior Center building fund.
Homemade baked goods and handmade craft items will also be available for sale.
For more information: 503-838-5678.
Garden club slates
annual plant sale
Monmouth Garden Club will host its annual plant sale Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 E. Ecols St.
A variety of perennials, annuals, bulbs, vegetable plants, trees, shrubs, herbs and house plants will be available, and club members will be on-hand to answer questions.
For more information: Mary Ann Wiensz, 503-623-1122.
'Laps for life'
event is May 2
Pledges, donations and participants are being accepted for the "laps for life" swimming fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
The event hosted by the Dallas Gray Dolphins masters swim team begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Dallas Aquatic Center, 1005 SE LaCreole Drive.
For more information: Ed Dressel, 503-623-8979; Sally Davies, 503-623-9235.
Model train show
slated in Rickreall
A model train show and swap meet will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 290 Main St., Rickreall.
The show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, will feature model trains on display and for sale, and an operating layout of the Polk Station Rail. Admission is $5 on Saturday ($1 off with donation of canned food item) and free on Sunday. Vendor space is also available.
For more information: Tom Pryor, 503-606-0398.
Open house set
at Dallas library
Dallas Public Library and the Friends of the Library will host their annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.
The event begins with a presentation by Robert Hamm on "Becoming Oregon: A Printed History." Following the presentation, coffee, punch and cookies will be served. Also scheduled is a special crafts program for children of all ages at 1:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided.
The open house is free. For more information: 503-623-2633.
The Arc of Polk
Two fundraising events that benefit The Arc of Polk have been scheduled in Dallas.
A barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Ray's Home & Garden, 742 Main St. A choice of hamburger or sausage dog with chips and a soda will be available for $5. A raffle will also take place.
The group will then celebrate Cinco de Mayo Tuesday, May 5, with a "make your own nachos" event from 6 to 8 p.m. at 240 SW Washington St. Cost is $2 per person.
The Arc of Polk serves all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
For more information: Theda Tawney, 503-623-3332.
Workshop on eBay
on tap at library
Independence Public Library will offer a workshop on how to use eBay's Turbo Lister software to develop ads for posting on eBay Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m.
Local businesswoman Marilyn Morton, who manages the Linen Warehouse in downtown Independence, will teach participants the basics of using the software. The workshop at the library, 175 Monmouth St., is free, but preregistration is recommended.
For more information: 503-838-1811.
CHS bunco, auction
benefit is May 2x
Parents of Central High School's Class of 2009 will hold a community bunco party and silent auction Saturday, May 2, to benefit the all-night party fund.
Silent auction begins at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, with bunco starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 a person, including games and dessert, and can be purchased from Diane Risen at the Independence Police Department.
For more information: 503-910-2382 or 503-838-5150.
The "Pancake Pedal" at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 3, will benefit Center Healing for Children equine riding program for kids.
Ride choices are a "short stack" 15-mile flat ride or a "full stack" 30-mile ride with one short, steep hill.
Cost is $20 per rider, which includes a ticket to the annual Rickreall Fire Department Pancake Feed.
For more information: Brennan Todd, 503-623-2803.
Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by embracing Mexico's musical heritage with a performance by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez Sunday, May 3.
The 14-member orchestrated mariachi group, formed in 1981, will perform that day at 5 p.m. at the Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center in Grand Ronde.
Tickets are $10 and $20 and can be purchased online at www.spiritmountain.com, by calling 1-800-585-3737, or visiting the Coyote Club desk at Spirit Mountain.
Life story writing
workshop to gather
"Write It Before You Lose It," the ongoing series of monthly life story writing workshops hosted by Betty Plude, will meet on Monday, May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The workshop, which takes place at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St., is designed to provide encouragement and ideas to help authors write their life stories.
This is the last meeting of the group until September. For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.
Ladies Bible group
to meet at church
A ladies Bible study session titled "God's Gift of an Instructed Tongue" begins Monday, May 4, at Calvary Chapel, 628 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.
The six-week free study is open to the public. Study times are offered at 7 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.
For more information: 503-831-1074.
Pizza sales will go
toward Dallas VFW
Dallas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 3203 will benefit from a pizza fundraiser Tuesday, May 5, at Ugo's Pizza, 967 Main St. in Dallas.
Fifty percent of sale proceeds purchased between 4 and 8:30 p.m. (excluding delivered orders) will go toward the local VFW post.
For more information: Dennis Miller, 503-580-8723.
set at Pentacle
The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program and Community Mediation Service is sponsoring a fundraising night at the Pentacle Theatre in West Salem on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.
A performance of the play "Enchanted April" will take place, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit organization serving people in conflict throughout Polk County.
Tickets are $17 each. The Pentacle Theatre is at 324 52nd Ave. NW in West Salem.
For tickets and more information: Ken, 503-623-3111.
Polk County Farm Bureau will conduct its Teen Tractor Safety Certification Class on May 6 and May 15-16 at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.
Oregon law requires that youths under the age of 18 who are seeking agricultural jobs must complete a tractor safety program.
This is the 19th year that Polk County Farm Bureau, with the assistance of Ag West Supply and the Polk County Extension Service, has offered the class.
Preregistration is required. Cost is $45. For more information: Paul Thorp, 503-623-5618 (evenings).
Tomato plant sale
will assist ICAN
Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network is currently holding a tomato plant sale fundraiser to assist the group that provides activities for youths, families, adults and senior citizens in the area.
Cost of the plants is three for $10. Plants will be available for pick up on Friday, May 9. Proceeds benefit the Dallas ICAN scholarship fund.
To order or for more information: 503-623-5055; firstname.lastname@example.org.
event for seniors
Perrydale FFA is hosting its ninth annual Spring Fling for area senior citizens on Thursday, May 7.
The party takes place in the old gym at Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, Amity, and begins at 12:41 p.m. Attendees are asked not to arrive early.
Perrydale students and staff will make and serve the free meal while providing entertainment that will include singing, bingo and a performance of the school play. The event is open to the public.
For more information: 503-623-2040.
The next "Decisive Parenting: Powerful Tools for Parents of Teens" class begins Thursday, May 7, at The Academy Building in Dallas.
This free, six-week program is designed specifically for parents of teenagers who are struggling with issues including truancy, drug and alcohol use, homework, chores, sexual activity, choice of friends, and arguing.
Classes meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in the third floor conference room "B" at 182 SW Academy St. Preregistration is recommended. An optional parents' manual is available for $35.
For more information: Polk County Juvenile Department, 503-623-2349.
grief support group
Willamette Valley Hospice will offer a free six-week grief support group for adults on Thursdays beginning May 7 at West Valley Hospital in Dallas.
Professional counselors will facilitate the meetings, which are scheduled May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4 and June 11 from 2 to 3 p.m.
To register or for more information: 503-588-3600; www.wvh.org.
Valsetz Lake water
discussion is May 7
A panel discussion on the proposed water reservoir project at the site of the former Valsetz Lake is planned for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.
Panelists will give a brief presentation followed by general discussion and questions from the audience. The panel is scheduled to include Mike Propes and Austin McGuigan of Polk County, Mark Milligan with the Buell-Red Prairie Water Association, Barry McPherson, a retired fisheries professional, Stan van de Wetering, Siletz Tribe fisheries biologist, and a representative of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The meeting, hosted by Friends of Polk County, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.
Grant to benefit
The Salem Youth Symphony, which primarily serves Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties, has received a $4,950 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
The gift will be used to support SYSA's effort to attract new members who would otherwise be unable to join because of tuition costs. Scholarships to cover as much as 75 percent of the cost of participating are available.
SYSA is open to students ages 9-21 and is comprised of three orchestras. The 2009-10 season audition is scheduled Saturday, June 6.
For more information: Joyce Epp, 503-485-2244; www.salemyouthsymphony.org.
schedule plant sale
Polk County Master Gardeners will hold their 19th annual May Plant Sale and Country Store May 8-9 at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.
A wide selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, native plants, trees, shrubs and house plants will be available, along with yard art, hanging baskets and gift baskets.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Admission and parking is free. Food, snacks and beverages will be available.
For more information: OSU Extension Office, 503-623-8395.