'Ghost Hosts' are
needed for festival
Volunteers with an affinity for the supernatural are needed to assist with the "Ghost Walk" at this year's Hop & Heritage Festival in Independence.
Event organizers are looking for individuals to serve as "Ghost Hosts" -- guides who will lead groups of 20 to 25 individuals on tours around homes and buildings in Independence that are believed to be haunted.
Each host will be given a spiral-bound book with notes and history about the site to refer to.
The Ghost Walk begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. The next Ghost Host training is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, in the upper plaza at Riverview Park.
For more information: Marilyn Morton, 503-580-8525.
Falls City library
sets new fall hours
Wagner Community Library in Falls City has announced its fall hours effective Sept. 8.
The library at 111 N. Main St. is open Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is closed Fridays and Sundays.
Anyone interested in storytimes for individuals or groups may contact the librarian at 503-787-3521, ext. 319.
Fundraiser for troop
care packages set
Local "Storm for the Troops" events on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12 will be held to honor the troops, remember events of 9/11, and raise funds for care packages for troops.
San Antonio Mexican Restaurant, 365 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, will donate a percentage of the day's sale proceeds today (Wednesday, Sept. 9).
A car wash, pony cart rides and hot dogs will be available by donation Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jefferson Manor, 664 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.
Donations for shipping packages are also welcome and accepted.
To donate, volunteer, or for more information: Joy Ulmsted, 503-623-8104.
Bike tour deadline
The deadline is Thursday, Sept. 10, to register for an upcoming bike ride of rural Polk County that is part of the Luckiamute Watershed Council's annual celebration event.
Tour de Luckiamute offers riders two routes starting at Hemlick State Park in the southern part of the county. Each route is about 20 miles in distance.
Cost is $20, which is tax-deductible, and proceeds benefit watershed projects and programs.
To register or for more information: 503-838-8804.
Dining for troops
event on horizon
Marine Corps Family Foundation is hosting a dining fundraiser in Monmouth and Independence on Friday, Sept. 11, to benefit the shipment of holiday packages to troops stationed overseas.
A portion of the daily receipts on Patriot's Day from Big Town Hero, Burgerville, J's 99 Grill, Chase Bar & Grill, Andy's Cafe and The Arena will be donated to the group's "Operation Santa" program.
Los Dos Amigos is also participating in the event, but its donation will come from dining proceeds generated today (Wednesday, Sept. 9).
For more information: Connie Riecke, 503-409-5905; www.marinecorpsfamilyfoundation.org.
Elder abuse, fraud
topic of meeting
A discussion on elder abuse and fraud will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at Ugo's Pizza Parlor, 967 Main St., Dallas.
To reserve a seat, RSVP by calling 503-623-4943.
For more information: Mark Kluting, 503-623-8895.
PCL plans annual
Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) will host its annual picnic Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event at Riverview Park in Independence is in appreciation to not only the group's 650 employees that support adults with developmental disabilities, but to the local businesses and communities that provide jobs for PCL clients.
Activities planned include entertainment, hamburgers, hot dogs, sno-cones, cotton candy, face painting, a Bounce house for children, and a fireworks show.
For more information: 503-932-9590.
Country folk dance
set at Guthrie Park
A country folk dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 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.
Due to popular demand, the country folk dances are now held the second Saturday of every month.
For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; email@example.com; www.guthriepark.org.
The Camp Adair Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will host a major disaster emergency preparedness day for Polk, Benton and Linn counties Saturday, Sept. 12, at Santiam Christian School.
The event, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. at 7200 Arnold Ave., Adair Village, is designed to promote better preparedness for emergency disasters, such as floods, wildfires and earthquakes.
Local emergency response agencies are welcome to participate.
For more information: 541-917-3370 (general public); 541-967-2759 (agencies wishing to participate).
Buell Grange plans
The Buell Grange of Polk County is hosting a community breakfast Sunday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 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.
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 resume meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, 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 participants write their life stories. The class meets on the first Monday of the month starting in October.
Attendees should bring a journal or spiral notebook and a pen.
For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.
ICAN belly dancing
program to resume
The Dallas ICAN belly dancing program will resume this month with a free class on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St.
The four-week class for adults continues on Tuesdays, rather than Thursdays as originally scheduled, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Senior Center. Cost is $35 for the four weeks.
For more information: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.dallasican.org.
Workshop on rain
A streaming video workshop on backyard rain gardens and other stormwater management practices is being offered Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Independence Public Library.
"Stormwater Management: One Backyard at a Time," will show examples of ways Oregon, Washington and Idaho home and business owners have used water runoff to their benefit, while reducing pollution that occurs when rainwater washes over roads, roofs and other city surfaces.
The event runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to all who are interested. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.
The seminar is sponsored by the Luckiamute Watershed Council, the cities of Monmouth and Independence, and the Independence Public Library.
For reservations or more information: Jo Yeager, 503-838-5969.
Coin club will meet
monthly in Monmouth
Polk County Coin Club, a new organization, meets Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St.
All ages are welcome to attend, where an opportunity to buy-trade-sell coins and learn about coin collecting will be presented.
The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information: 503-838-5678.
Polk County is seeking applicants for appointments to the Polk County Committee for Citizen Involvement as well as the Polk County Dog Board.
Interested individuals may obtain applications by calling Becky Luker at 503-623-8173, or visiting the Polk County Board of Commissioners office at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.
Applications for positions on the dog board are due by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Applications for the citizen involvement committee are due by Friday, Sept. 25.
Dallas Food Bank
has new Web site
A new Web site is now available to inform area residents about the Dallas Food Bank.
The site is www.dallasfoodbank.org. It includes information about the food bank and what it is, its location, and lists of currently needed donations as well as items needed on an ongoing basis.
of nutrition class
Curves of Monmouth and Dallas are offering free monthly weight loss and nutrition classes open to the public.
This month's topic is "Lowering Your Cholesterol." The class will be offered at the Monmouth Curves, 160 Monmouth Ave. N., No. 102, at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and at the Dallas Curves, 289 E. Ellendale Ave. No. 703, at noon on Saturday, Sept. 26.
RSVP is requested as seating is limited.
For more information: 503-838-7109 (Monmouth); 503-623-6226 (Dallas).
'Read to the Dog'
Dallas Public Library is offering another session of its unique children's reading aloud program, "Read to the Dog," Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Children will be able to read aloud in a non-threatening and fun way. The library will have a specially trained therapy dog on hand to listen to children read one-on-one.
There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required.
For more information or to register: 503-623-2633.