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1/27 Community Notebook

*Orders taken for native plant sale*Lunch fundraiser slated on Thursday*Senior music jam on tap for Jan. 27*Organic gardening subject of meeting*Children's craft activity scheduled*Learn about scuba d

Orders taken for native plant sale

Pre-sale orders are now being accepted for Polk Soil and Water Conservation District's annual Oregon native plant sale.

The sale event is Feb. 19-20 at White's Hauling, 550 Morrow Road, Independence.

Numerous species of native trees, shrubs, and assorted plants, including hard to find flowers, will be offered while supplies last. Pre-sale orders will be accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 9.

For more information: 503-623-9680;; e-mail; or stop by the PSWCD office at 580 Main St., Suite A, in Dallas.

Lunch fundraiser slated on Thursday

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 prepurchased 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.

Senior music jam on tap for Jan. 27

The Dallas Senior Center's monthly "music jam session" is Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the center, 955 SE Jefferson St.

All acoustic and low-volume amplified musicians and singers are welcome to participate.

For more information: Michele Campione, 503-623-5055.

Organic gardening subject of meeting

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 craft activity scheduled

Dallas Public Library will host a craft activity session for children on Friday, Jan. 29, starting at 2 p.m.

The event takes place at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

Participants will have the opportunity to make cards and crafts for Valentine's Day, as well as other crafts. All supplies are provided.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Learn about scuba diving at WOU pool

Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool at Western Oregon University is offering an opportunity to try out scuba diving on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The "Discover Scuba Day" is open to all interested individuals. Cost is regular pool admission of $3.

A Profession Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Diver Course will be offered at WOU beginning Feb. 5.

For more information: 503-838-8701; e-mail to

Reception Saturday for juried art show

An opening reception for River Gallery of Independence's Wild Women 8 is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 184 S. Main St.

Wild Women 8, "The Queen of Hearts," is a juried art show celebrating the feminine spirit. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. Awards will be presented for "Best of Show," "Best of Theme," and "People's Choice."

The reception will feature food, beverages, music, fine art and conversation.

For more information: 503-838-6171;

Music dance event set for Haiti relief

A Mexican concert and dance on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway, Independence, will raise money for the Haiti disaster relief effort.

The event, a collaboration between several Mexican community members and Green Villa, begins at 6 p.m. and is open to all ages.

Paisano, Romance and DJ Tuza will perform a variety of music. A Mexican dinner, including tamales, tacos and other items, is also planned.

Admission is $20 per person -- adults and children -- for dinner and the concert, and $10 for the concert. Food will also be available for purchase ala carte.

All proceeds from ticket and food sales will be donated to the Willamette Red Cross.

For more information or to buy tickets: Charlotte, 503-838-3475.

Preguntas or direcciones? 503-838-3518.

Concert scheduled at Guthrie Park CC

Guthrie Park Community Center is hosting a performance by violinist Kim Angelis and guitarist Josef Gault Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.

Angelis, an internationally acclaimed composer and violin virtuosos, and Gault, a flamenco-styled guitarist, perform what is described as "gypsy chamber music ... laced with passion."

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are free. The center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.

For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; e-mail to

Local 'Red Hatters' plan convention

The Dallas Red Hatters (Red Rubies Chapter 70379) will hold its first Red Hat Brag-A-Bout Convention on Saturday, April 17, at Dallas High School.

The event will include a luncheon catered by the Dallas High School culinary class, entertainment, vendors and Red Hat sisters from throughout Oregon.

Advanced tickets are $13 if purchased by Monday, Feb. 1, or $18 at the door.

For more information: JayLee Roberts, 503-831-1871, e-mail to; Joanne Moss, 503-831-0171, e-mail to

ICAN belly dancing plans new session

Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network has scheduled another four-week session of its belly dancing program beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Classes meet for four consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St.

The class emphasizes fun, flexibility and relaxation.

Cost is $35 for the four weeks.

For more information: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055;

Local artists part of food share event

Four Polk County residents are among those participating in the seventh annual 100 Artists Show, a benefit for Marion-Polk Food Share.

The work of John and Tamara Kime of Independence, James Kirk of Monmouth and Felix Oliveros of Independence will be displayed at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem.

The exhibit opens Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to bid on their favorite artwork through a silent auction that runs through Friday, Feb. 26. Proceeds from the sale of artwork benefit the food bank.

For more information: 503-581-3229;

Ballroom dancing class begins Feb. 3

A six-week ballroom dancing class focusing on "the night club two step" begins Wednesday, Feb. 3, at The Majestic Ballroom, 976 Main St., Dallas.

The class, instructed by John and Suzette Juhring, meets from 7 to 8 p.m. through March 10. An open dance and review of other dance steps takes place each week from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost is $55 per person.

To register or for more information: John or Suzette Juhring, 503-931-0407.

Grief support group to gather monthly

Willamette Valley Hospice will offer a new, monthly drop-in support group starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at its office at 1015 3rd St NW. in West Salem.

Participants do not need to preregister for drop-in groups and the nonprofit hospice offers them free of charge.

Participants learn and explore about the grieving process in a safe, supportive environment. The trained grief group facilitator allows ample time for discussion and questions from group attendees.

For more information: 503-588-3600;

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