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1/20 Community Notebook

*Spaghetti dinner on tap in Rickreall*Poultry field day set at fairgrounds*'Friendship' topic of Jan. 23 program*Majestic will host a musical evening*Youth chess event taking registration*Grants avail

Spaghetti dinner on tap in Rickreall

Rickreall Grange Hall will host a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the grange hall, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W) in Rickreall.

Spaghetti, bread, salad, drink and dessert will be served to attendees. All are welcome. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under eat for free.

Proceeds go toward building maintenance and grange community projects in Polk County.

For more information: Tom Prior, 503-606-0398; or Marianne Moore, 503-831-4724.

Poultry field day set at fairgrounds

The Western Oregon Poultry Field Day is coming to the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 23. Classes start at 9 a.m.

Onsite registration is $5, which includes a "make-it-yourself" omelet lunch, and takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Preregistration cost is $3 and must be made by today (Wednesday, Jan. 20).

The field day is intended for 4-H and FFA students, their leaders and parents, and those new to and interested in raising poultry. Among the workshop topics are: getting started; poultry breeds; poultry judging; diseases, care and grooming; small flocks; showmanship; and managing your small flocks of hens and meat birds.

To register or for more information: Judy Peters, 503-623-8395; e-mail to judi.peters@oregonstate.edu.

'Friendship' topic of Jan. 23 program

The Oregon Chautauqua Conversation Program, "Friend Me? Notions of Friendship in a Changing World," will be presented Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Dallas Public Library.

The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Dallas Library, begins at 11:15 a.m.

Focus of the conversation is how has the idea of friendship changed in contemporary society, especially given the role played by social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace? The program is presented by Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts, who work in the philosophy department at Oregon State University.

For more information: Dallas Public Library, 503-623-2633.

Majestic will host a musical evening

A musical evening hosted by The Majestic Theatre is planned Saturday, Jan. 23. Showtime is 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m.

The event will feature performances by the Oregon Spirit Chorus (barbershop chorus with four-part harmony), Gene Hall & the Basaraba Kids (gospel, folk and old-time favorites), and the Dallas Ballet & Academy of Dance.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, and available in advance or at the door. Italian desserts by Bella Banchetto will be available prior to the show and at intermission.

For tickets or more information: 503-779-5346; e-mail to oldvictorian@msn.com.

Youth chess event taking registration

Chess for Success will host a regional tournament for kindergarten through 12th-grade students from Polk and Yamhill counties Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sheridan.

Students compete as teams and individuals at the tournament, which takes place at The Delphian School, 20950 SW Rock Creek Road, Sheridan.

Those who do well at the regional tournament qualify for the upcoming Chess for Success State Tournament.

Preregistration is required. Deadline to sign up is Saturday, Jan. 23.

For more information: Paul Morris, 503-295-1230.

Grants available for food, shelter help

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program is accepting applications through Monday, Jan. 25, for grant money made available in the amount of $307,974 to Polk and Marion counties.

Agencies providing emergency food or shelter services may apply for funds. Those seeking funding will be asked to make a brief presentation to the local review board.

Those applying for grants must be private nonprofits or units of government, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, and if they are a voluntary organization they must have a voluntary board.

For more information or to obtain an application: 503-363-1651; www.unitedwaymwv.org.

Bike club looking to form in Dallas

Spring isn't too far away, and efforts are under way to organize a bike club in the Dallas area.

The purpose of the club would be to meet for rides, share experiences, match up with riding partners, and be a positive force for good cycling.

Anyone interested in helping to get a local bike club started is asked to contact Dick Dye at 503-623-6533, or send an e-mail to dyegrannies@q.com.

Extension offering lambing workshop

Oregon State University animal science experts will present best practices for getting lambs off to a good start at an annual lambing school on Jan. 26 in McMinnville.

The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is sponsored by the OSU Extension Service and Chemeketa Community College.

"This program will be held in a commercial sheep lambing barn and will emphasize hands-on experience for learners," said Gene Pirelli, a regional livestock specialist with the Polk County OSU Extension Service.

The program will include presentations on abnormal deliveries, lamb survival, obstetrics, grafting, foot trimming, ewe and lamb health, vaccinations, and dealing with emergency situations.

Cost is $55 per person. Registration is limited to 12 participants and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information: 503-623-8395; e-mail to gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu.

Lunch fundraiser scheduled Jan. 28

The annual stew, biscuits and pie luncheon hosted by Order of Eastern Star in Dallas will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

Cost is $5 with pre-purchased ticket or $6 at the door. Proceeds from the lunch, hosted by Naomi Chapter No. 22, helps in supporting the group's philanthropic projects.

For more information and tickets: 503-623-8442.

Livestock group elects new leaders

The Polk County Livestock Association elected officers and directors during its Jan. 16 annual meeting in Dallas.

Serving two-year terms are: Jim Clawson, president; Loreen Haight, vice president; Pat Letsch, secretary; Jon Henderson, treasurer; and Scott Bennett, David McKibben, Bill Riddle and John Walton, directors. Lynn Letsch and Loreen Haight will serve as co-chairs of the PCLA's Market Committee.

Representing the group on statewide organizations are: Norbert Hartmann, Oregon Cattleman's Association; Lee Letsch, Oregon Pork Producers; and Korinna Rinehart, Cascade Boer Goat Association.

Dave and Suzanne Burbank were selected Livestock Family of the Year.

Organic gardening topic of gathering

Falls City Garden Club will highlight organic gardening with a presentation by Jeannie Berg of Your Home Harvests on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gospel Fellowship Church, 257 N. Main St., Falls City. Everyone interested in gardening and learning more about organic gardening is welcome.

The club will also conduct a short business meeting. refreshments will follow the presentation.

For more information: Nigel Page, 503-787-4501; Gladys Norman, 503-787-6105.

Children's theater taking enrollment

Throughout January, parents may re-enroll their children in the Children's Educational Theatre summer program, a five-week experience in the performing and technical arts.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, the program will accept applications for new students.

The 2010 summer session, for youths who have completed third grade through senior years in high school, is scheduled June 21-July 24 at West Salem High School.

For more information: 503-399-3398; www.cetsalem.org.

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