2/3 Community Notebook

*WOU to stage play for next four nights*Community karate class starts again*Hospice will offer volunteer training*School food drive continues this week*Metabolism topic of health seminar*Monthly break



WOU to stage play for next four nights

Western Oregon University's Theatre Department is staging the studio play "Rabbit" for four nights beginning today (Wednesday, Feb. 3).

Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the play takes place in Room 113 of Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

Tickets for the performances, which also take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-6, are $7, $10 and $12.

For tickets or more information: 503-838-8462.

Community karate class starts again

The next four-week session of Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network's community karate program begins tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 3), at the Morrison Gym in Dallas.

Classes meet at 6:30 p.m. and are for all ages. The focus is on self-discipline, respect, agility and balance.

Cost is $30 per student or $40 per family for the four weeks.

To register or for more information: 503-623-5055; e-mail to michelec@dallasican.com.

Hospice will offer volunteer training

A free one-day training workshop for individuals interested in volunteering with Willamette Valley Hospice will be held Friday, Feb. 5, 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 through adults are needed. Volunteers provide office support or assist with special events, assist with patient care, and promote hospice education in the community. Schedules and locations are flexible.

For more information: Brittney or Amir, 503-588-3600; brittneyb@wvh.org; amiro@wvh.org.

School food drive continues this week

Monmouth Montessori School students are conducting a 500-pound-goal food drive for Marion-Polk Food Share through Friday, Feb. 5.

Commercial nonperishable food items may be left in the boxes at Monmouth Montessori School, 1140 Main St. E., Monmouth; MaPS Credit Union, 163 Knox St. N., Monmouth; Monmouth City Hall, 151 Main St. W.; Monmouth Fitness Club, 165 Main St. E.; and Partnerships in Community Living, 480 Main St. E.

Financial and everyday household items are also accepted.

For more information: Juliet Sloan, 503-838-6478.

Metabolism topic of health seminar

A free information session on how to raise your metabolism will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m. at the Monmouth Curves.

The seminar at 160 Monmouth Ave. N., Suite No. 102, is for adults only and seating is limited. Attendees will learn about how to change a sluggish metabolism level and other nutrition information.

For more information or to reserve a seat: 503-838-7109.

Monthly breakfast served on Saturday

Monmouth Senior Center resumes its monthly community breakfasts on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the center at 180 S. Warren St.

The menu includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $5, $3 for children under 12.

The breakfasts are held nearly every month and take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Scouts to conduct can, bottle drive

Monmouth-Independence Cub Scout Pack 38 will be conducting a returnable can and bottle drive on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Scouts will be going door to door to collect donations, or the public can drop off donations at the Roth's Fresh Market in Independence. Proceeds are used to help fund Pack 38 awards and activities.

For more information or to make a donation: Di, 503-838-2220 or 503-507-7910; Dave, 503-838-2336; e-mail to cmpack38@yahoo.com.

Water walking workshop slated

A free water walking seminar will be offered Saturday, Feb. 6, at Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth.

An instructor will provide tips, tricks and techniques to improve your independent water walking sessions. The free sessions will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.

For more information: 503-838-8701; e-mail to pool@wou.edu.

Yoga classes slated in Kings Valley area

A beginning yoga class is being offered at the Kings Valley Community Center on Saturday's now through Feb. 27.

The classes meet each Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the center, located at the corner of Highway 223 and Maxfield Creek Road. Cost is $7 per week on a drop-in basis. Mats and props will be provided.

Instructor is Dawn Anzinger, a Kings Valley resident who has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years.

For more information: Dawn, 541-929-4214 or 541-740-2049.

Dallas scout troop planning reunion

Dallas Boy Scout Troop 288 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America with a troop reunion on Monday, Feb. 8.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 SE Washington St., Dallas.

The program is scheduled to include a short program featuring troop history and recognition of former troop leaders and Eagle Scouts. A reception including a 100th birthday cake will follow.

For more information or to RSVP: Ken Irwin, 503-831-3268; e-mail to troop288reunion@gmail.com.

OPB video will be presented Monday

An encore showing of the Oregon Field Guide/Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary "The Silent Invasion" will be presented Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ's Church, 412 W. Clay St., Monmouth.

The hour-long video deals with the campaign to protect Oregon from the invasion of plants and animals that are being discovered in areas where they don't belong.

For more information: 503-838-1724.

String quartet due at WOU on Tuesday

The Moscow String Quartet will perform as part of Western Oregon University's Smith Fine Arts Series Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus in Monmouth.

The all-women ensemble has earned a place among the most distinguishable artists of our times, having won numerous competitions, receiving critical acclaim and performing at some of the world's most prestigious concert halls and events.

Tickets are $28, $10 for students.

For tickets and more information: 503-838-8147; www.wou.edu/president/advancement/smith.

Heart health topic of hospital event

You can learn about heart-healthy living on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at West Valley Hospital's annual "Go Red in Dallas" event.

The hospital at 525 SE Washington St. will offer free blood pressure checks, cholesterol screens, heart-health information, refreshments and more.

At "Go Red in Dallas," attendees can talk with health specialists and learn about nutrition, diabetes, cardiac exercise, imaging, cardiac stress testing and more.

For a complete listing of Heart Month activities, go to salemhospital.org/cardiac.

Master Gardeners will meet Feb. 10

"Resourcing for Community Gardens" will be the topic at the Wednesday, Feb. 10, Polk County Master Gardener monthly meeting.

Jordan Blake, Marion-Polk Food Share community garden coordinator, will discuss resources and issues involved in starting and maintaining a community garden, including initial setup, permits, site preparation, irrigation, individual and group participation, and neighborhood relations.

The 7 p.m. meeting, open to the public, will be held in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W).

For more information: Luella, 503-364-0438; Gail, 503-606-0673.

Help available with Medicare payments

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services has received a grant to help low-income seniors and adults with physical disabilities access funds to pay for Medicare premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

The "Extra Help" application for these grant funds is available through the Social Security Administration.

For help in applying, visit NorthWest Senior and Disability Services, 260 NE Kings Valley Highway, Dallas, from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

For more information: Beth Jackson, 503-304-3653.

Princess Tea Party to aid Relay For Life

Preregistration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10, for two Fairy Princess Tea Parties to benefit the 2010 Relay For Life of Polk County.

The tea parties are scheduled Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas.

Team Scatterbrains has planned food, drinks, games, prizes, tutus, wands, crowns and fun. Tickets are $10 for parent and first child by preregistering or $15 at the door.

To register or for more information: Megan, 541-892-2404; e-mail to mericks06@wou.edu.

Conflict resolution training scheduled

Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network and the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Polk County are presenting a three-week "conflict resolution" training program at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The program begins Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will continue on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.

The program, made possible by a grant from the Dallas Community Foundation, promotes listening and communication strategies appropriate for families, businesses and individuals seeking better ways to resolve conflict.

Cost is $10; scholarships are available for those in need.

For more information or to register: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055; e-mail to michelec@dallasican.org.

Native plant use subject of seminar

Eirik Thorsgard, a cultural protection coordinator with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, will speak on how humans used native plants during a workshop hosted by the Polk and Marion soil and water conservation districts.

The event, free and open to the public, is scheduled Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

Attendees are welcome to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Marion-Polk Food Share.

To RSVP or for more information: Janice, 503-391-9927.

Swing dance class for youths on tap

A beginning "East Coast Swing" dance class targeted at youths will be offered by Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network beginning Thursday, Feb. 11.

The class for ages 11 to 18 will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Morrison Gym in Dallas. Instructors are from the Western Oregon University Social Dance Club.

The four-week class costs $25 for individials and $30 for couples.

For more information or to register: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055; e-mail to michelec@dallasican.org.



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