changes its hours
The Monmouth Farm & Craft Market has set new operating hours for its weekly market held every Wednesday in downtown Monmouth.
The new hours are from noon to 6 p.m. The market is held at the Old Fire Hall Building at 152 Warren St. N.
For more information: 503-787-3561.
Kings Valley group
sets annual meeting
The Kings Valley Area Association will hold its annual meeting and election of board members Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.
The gathering takes place at the Kings Valley Community Center, located at the corner of Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223) and Maxfield Creek Road.
For more information: Betty Malone, 541-929-2289.
Local amateur radio
group meets Oct. 1
The Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the commissioners' conference room of the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in amateur radio is welcome to attend the meeting.
For more information: Bob, 503-910-1096; or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
on tap at library
Free activities are scheduled for K-12 students at the Independence Public Library on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.
Students in grades 6-12 have a chance to visit and use computers as part of the Teen/Tween Computer Program from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 9. Light refreshments will be served.
From 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, K-5 students are welcome to create Halloween crafts and decorations with youth services librarian Jolene Hall.
For more information: Jolene Hall, 503-838-1811; e-mail to Joleneh@ccrls.org.
Dallas Library offers
youth craft program
Dallas Public Library will be offering a special craft program on Friday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.
The craft program, being held on a no-school day, is designed for children of kindergarten age and older. Younger children who wish to participate will need a parent or helper to accompany them.
For more information: 503-623-2633.
Forum to address
H1N1 flu pandemic
A free community education forum on the H1N1 flu pandemic will be held Friday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Dallas Family Medicine, 641 SE Miller Ave.
With expectations of a severe flu season, the public is welcome to learn more about the virus.
For more information: Julia Pulliam, 503-623-2345.
planned for Bambinos
Tickets are on sale for a gourmet dessert and silent auction fundraiser to benefit "Bambinos," a nonprofit outreach ministry that serves low-income families with children in Dallas.
The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at The Majestic, 976 Main St., Dallas. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $7 at the door. The cost includes dessert and beverages.
For more information: Dede Perkins, 503-623-6011.
troupe to perform
The international dance company Danza Contempor nea Universitaria kicks off the 2009-10 Smith Fine Arts Series with a performance Friday, Oct. 9, at Western Oregon University's Rice Auditorium.
Based in Mexico City, the troupe is dedicated to creating and performing the finest in contemporary dance. Its repertoire is nourished by the work of national and international choreographers.
Tickets for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., cost $28 for adults and $10 for students.
For tickets or more information: 503-838-8147; www.wou.edu/president/advancement/smith.
Polk County Historical Society is hosting its 25th annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Historic Brunk House, 5705 Salem-Dallas Highway, near the Oak Grove Road junction.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Freshly squeezed apple cider and apple desserts will be on sale, and guests can enjoy tours of the yard, outbuildings and gardens of the 158-year-old farmstead. Tours are available for a donation.
The Brunk House was first occupied in 1861 and was willed by the Brunk Family to the Polk County Historical Society.
For more information: Jo Ann King, 503-838-6603.
Fairgrounds to host
fall doll show, sale
Wagon Wheel Doller's Doll Club will sponsor its eighth annual fall doll show and sale Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W).
Admission is $3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $6 for the early bird pre-sale from 9 to 10 a.m., and free for children 5 and under.
The one-day event includes 125 vendor tables featuring antique, porcelain, artist and collectible dolls of every type, bears, miniatures, toys, and related items.
For more information: Arleta Day, 503-581-1206.
gathering Oct. 10
Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association and Monmouth Senior Center are hosting a "sharing your wares" hobby day Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., is an opportunity to put your collection, hobby or craft on display.
Cost for a 6-foot table to display your wares is $5. There is a $2 admission fee. Proceeds benefit MICAA and the senior center.
For more information: 503-838-5678.
Princess Tea Party
The 4-H Achiever's Club is hosting a Princess Tea Party, a Disney princess-themed fundraiser to benefit the 2010 Relay For Life of Polk County, Saturday, Oct. 10.
The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event in the 4-H Building will include games, storytelling, a silent auction, vendor displays and samples, and breast cancer awareness and women's health information.
Admission is by a suggested donation of $3, which includes choice of beverage, cookies, finger sandwich and other snacks. A "royal treatment" is available for $10, and includes tea for two and choice of beauty parlor treatment, nail treatment, jewelry and crown making, or a photo with a prince.
For more information: Laura Smith, 503-623-8991.
Country folk dance
set at Guthrie Park
A country folk dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 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 feature 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 and children 12 and under are free. A family rate of $15 for four or more people from the same immediate family is available.
For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; email@example.com; www.guthriepark.org.
discussion on tap
Black Rock Mountain Bike Association is hosting an informational event highlighting the Black Rock Mountain Bike trail area on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Dallas.
The event will be held at the Fox Theatre, 166 Mill St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
It will feature a showing of the mountain bike freeride video "Seasons," videos of the Black Rock Mountain Bike area, a question-and-answer session, and a presentation by Santiam Bicycle on bikes and gear.
For more information: Owen Youngblood, 541-760-7053.
Buell Grange plans
The Buell Grange of Polk County is hosting a community breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost for breakfast is $5. Proceeds benefit the Buell Grange.
The Buell Grange Hall is located northwest of Dallas off Highway 22 on Mill Creek Road, across from the fire station.
For more information: 503-623-8462 or 503-843-4703.
Senior center hosts
grief support group
Willamette Valley Hospice is offering a free six-week grief support group that will meet on Mondays beginning Oct. 12 at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St.
Professional counselors will facilitate the meetings, which are scheduled Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
To register or for more information: 503-588-3600; www.wvh.org.
Oct. 14 at Majestic
A "community harvest dance" hosted by Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network and The Majestic is set for Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The all-ages event will include a mini-dance lesson, followed by a two-hour dance. Cost is $15 per couple, and proceeds benefit the Dallas ICAN scholarship fund.
The Majestic is located at 976 Main St. in downtown Dallas.
For more information: 503-623-5055; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local scout troop
Boy Scout Troop 288 in Dallas is conducting a popcorn sales fundraiser now through Oct. 20.
Troop members are selling caramel corn, microwave popcorn, chocolate caramel corn, trail mix and other products.
Proceeds from sales benefit general troop programs.
For more information: Deborah Schmidt, 503-623-9332.
Driver safety class
due in Monmouth
A two-day AARP Driver Safety Program and Mobility Options class will be held on two consecutive Saturday's this month in Monmouth.
The class will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St.
Classes are designed to promote personal awareness, sharpen driving skills, provide an update of changes in driving laws, and include tips and issues related to mature drivers and physical challenges.
Preregistration is required.
For more information: 503-838-5678; 503-623-5939.