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4/7 Community Notebook

*Candle donations needed for vigil*United Way plans celebration event*Mediation training program offered*Saturday car wash to aid Relay For Life*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*Daffodil Festiva

Candle donations needed for vigil

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Polk County is seeking donations of candles to be used during a child abuse awareness month vigil scheduled Tuesday, April 20.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse lawn, 850 Main St., Dallas.

The vigil is the first child abuse awareness event hosted by CASA. It is scheduled to become an annual event.

For more information on the vigil, CASA, or to donate candles: Chris Olson, 503-623-9268, ext. 1301.

United Way plans celebration event

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley will host a community celebration for Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties on Thursday, April 8.

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem.

Presented in partnership with HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley, the event, "No Dining, Just Doing," will engage guests in volunteer projects during the event that support the work of local agencies in the areas of health, education and income.

For more information: Mikki Trowbridge, 503-363-1651.

Mediation training program offered

A basic mediation training program is being offered to Polk County residents, with training starting Saturday, April 10.

The training can help participants become better at resolving conflict in their personal or professional life. You will also have the opportunity to use the training as a volunteer for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program and Community Mediation Service.

The training takes place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas on three Saturdays -- April 10, 17 and 24 -- from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on four weeknights -- April 13, 15, 22 and 29 -- from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost of the 36-hour training is $200. Partial scholarships are available for those interested in volunteering.

For more information or to register: Ken Braun, 503-623-3111.

Saturday car wash to aid Relay For Life

Students from Morrison School will be washing cars to raise money for Polk County Relay For Life on Saturday, April 10, and Saturday, May 1.

Both car washes run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas Dairy Queen, 586 SE Jefferson St.

Coming together to help a great cause is what it is all about. Donations will be accepted.

For more information: Lindsy Perry, 503-623-8480; e-mail to Lindsy.Perry@dallas.k12.or.us.

Country folk dance slated for Saturday

The next monthly country folk dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 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 Truman Price. 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; guthriepark@gmail.com; www.guthriepark.org.

Daffodil Festival set this weekend

The 16th annual Amity Daffodil Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, at Amity Elementary School, 300 Rice Lane.

Highlights of the two-day show include a judged daffodil show sponsored by the Oregon Daffodil Society; daffodil art created by students, amateurs and professionals; Volkswalks; a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. buffet; a plant sale; and gardening and local history presentations.

The event is held rain or shine. Admission is free.

For more information: Karen Fanning, 503-835-2181 (ext. 287); Amity Elementary School, 503-835-3751 (April 10-11 only).

Buell Grange sets Sunday breakfast

The Buell Grange of Polk County will host its next monthly community breakfast on Sunday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost for breakfast is $5; coffee is free. Proceeds benefit maintenance costs associated with operating the Buell Grange.

The Buell Grange Hall is located northwest of Dallas off Highway 22 at 5970 Mill Creek Road, across from the fire station.

For more information: 503-623-8462 or 503-843-4703.

Methodist Bishop to visit Dallas UMC

The Rev. Robert Hoshibata, bishop of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, will preach in worship at Dallas United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 11, at 10:55 a.m.

Bishop Hoshibata was born and raised in Hawaii. Before being elected bishop in 2004, he pastored churches in Seattle and Gardena, Calif., and served as a district superintendent.

Hoshibata is an inspirational speaker and a man of spiritual depth and insight. His talk is open to the public.

For more information: 503-623-2481.

SABLE House sets volunteer training

SABLE (Safe from Abuse and Battered Living Environments) House is looking for volunteers to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Individuals wishing to volunteer will need to complete 40 hours of free training starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12.

Volunteers will learn to answer a 24-hour crisis hotline and offer 24-hour sexual assault response. Those completing the training will also learn how to facilitate support groups, to help with child care, mentor a child, be a legal advocate and learn about internships for college credit.

To register or for more information: Heather, 503-623-6703.

Polk equestrian group will meet

The Polk County Saddle-ites will host its next monthly meeting on Monday, April 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

A potluck dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.

Meetings are open to members and nonmembers alike. The group works to promote equestrian activities throughout the Polk County area.

For more information: Jeff Mentzer, 503-838-4452.

Pizza fundraiser to assist 'Relay'

Polk County Relay for Life Team O.W.L. will have a fundraising event on Tuesday, April 13, at Ugo's Pizza Parlor in Dallas.

The O.W.L. team, with representatives from Oakdale, Whitworth and Lyle elementary schools, will benefit from a portion of the food sales at Ugo's, 967 Main St., from 4 to 10 p.m. that day.

For more information: Lisa Borfa, team captain, 503-623-7708.

Weight-loss group meets on Tuesdays

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight-loss support club meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.

The next meeting is set for April 13.

For more information: Stann, 503-510-5141.

Master Gardeners schedule meeting

OSU Extension Service Polk County Master Gardeners will hold its April chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

Carol Adelman from Adelman Peony Gardens will talk about selecting and growing peonies.

The public is welcome. There is no cost to attend.

For more information: 503-364-0438 or 503-606-0673.

Master Gardeners seeking donations

Polk County Master Gardeners are seeking donations to sell in the Country Store section of the group's annual plant sale May 7-8 at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Items sought can be almost anything old, including metal or tin objects, wooden articles, unusual glass bottles, terra cotta pots or decorative containers, old farm equipment and garden and kitchen tools, candle holders and costume jewelry. Plants are also accepted.

Donations are tax deductible and will support Polk County Master Gardeners in their efforts to beautify the community and educate the public.

For more information on donating or to schedule a pick-up time: Susan Walter, 503-623-3885; Marcia Hudson, 503-838-3402.

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