Central Lions Club
The Central Lions Club is working to collect used eyeglasses as part of a statewide Lions Club effort.
The group will have eyeglass collection boxes at the Western Oregon University home football game at McArthur Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, as well as the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival hometown barbecue on Friday, Sept. 25, at Riverview Park. The Sept. 25 event is part of the Oregon Lions Eyeglass Collection Day.
Permanent collection boxes are available at Bi-Mart Pharmacy in Monmouth, Monmouth Senior Center, Heron Pointe, Central Vision Clinic, Roth's Fresh Market and Sterling Savings Bank.
For more information: 503-838-6059, 503-838-4827.
Hospice to offer
A free one-day training workshop for individuals interested in volunteering with Willamette Valley Hospice will be offered Friday, Sept. 18, in West Salem.
The training will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Willamette Valley Hospice office, 1015 3rd St. NW.
Volunteers ages 12 to 16 may provide office support or assist with special events; those 16 or older may help with office support or patient care. Volunteers also promote hospice education in the community. Schedules and locations are flexible.
For more information: Brittney or Melissa, 503-588-3600; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local bird census
planned Sept. 19
Salem Audubon Society will take part in a nationwide census of birds in Polk and Marion counties on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Individuals may join a team and spend the day in the field with a small group, or may choose to count the birds in their yard or at their feeders.
The counts provide information on the distribution and population density of bird species across the country. The event is similar to the annual Christmas Bird Count, except that the migration count tallies birds by county, while the Christmas count is limited to a 15-mile diameter circle.
For more information on Polk County: Roy Gerig, 503-589-4636.
'Bark in the Park'
event set Saturday
Monmouth Fitness Club is hosting a "Bark in the Park" event for canines and their owners Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Main Street Park in Monmouth.
Everyone is welcome to bring their well-behaved canine companion for a community walk around the park, along with fun games and prizes for the pooches. Contest categories include Best Dressed Dog, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Ugliest Dog and Cutest Dog.
All canines must be leashed, and the poop must be scooped.
For more information: 503-838-2951; www.monmouthfit.com.
to hold car wash
High school students from St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Independence will conduct a car wash and soda-can collection event to benefit the national Wash for Life campaign.
The event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union 76 gas station at 112 Pacific Ave. N. (99W) in Monmouth.
For more information: Diane Huber, 503-838-6001.
'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.
The Polk County Historical Society will host the final program of its celebration of Oregon's 150th birthday year when it meets Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Sonja Ely will talk about the changes affecting Polk County during Oregon's first 150 years. There will also be a showing of excerpts from the DVD pictorial essay of early Polk County, "Remembering."
The event at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall, is free. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information: 503-623-6251.
Class to examine
tips for caregivers
Registration is being accepted for "Powerful Tools for Caregiving," a six-week program designed to nurture the caregiver, which will be presented on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 29 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.
The program is designed to help unpaid caregivers take care of themselves while caring for an older family member or friend. Topics include managing self care, using community resources, managing caregiver stress, effective communication techniques, dealing with anger, guilt and depression, and setting goals.
Sessions run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Nov. 3.
To register or for more information: Janice Wolcott, 503-831-5593.
program to begin
Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network will offer a ballroom dance program beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, at The Majestic, 976 Main St., Dallas.
Instruction will be provided in West Coast swing and tango. Cost for the six-week program is $60.
For more information: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055; e-mail to email@example.com; www.dallasican.org.
for library contest
Entry forms are now available for the fourth annual Independence Public Library scarecrow contest, part of the Hop & Heritage Festival.
Completed scarecrows must be delivered to the library on Friday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m., or on Saturday, Sept. 26, between 10 and 11 a.m.
For more information: Jolene Hall, 503-838-1811.
Group sets Sept. 19
fundraiser in Dallas
Donations are being accepted on Saturday, Sept. 19, for a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.
Individuals interested in helping can make donations during the morning of Sept. 19 at the Dallas Dutch Bros. Coffee, 515 SE Jefferson St.
There will also be a "Crop and Craft for a Cause" event from 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. A $10 donation reserves space.
For more information: Betsy, 503-623-0690; Kristen, 503-623-0383.