3/3 Community Notebook

*Rickreall Grange flea market on tap*Disc golf tourney Saturday in Dallas*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Hobby day planned at Dallas Library*BeckenRidge plans open house event*Grief support group w


Monmouth Elementary School third-grader Taylor Palmer checks out a “walking stick” bug during the school’s annual science night held Thursday, Feb. 25. The event also included a display from Evergreen Air and Space Museum, dissected animals, and a station for making homemade ice cream.

Rickreall Grange flea market on tap

The Rickreall Grange Flea Market is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 218 Main St. (Highway 99W).

Lots of new vendors are anticipated and all vendor space has been filled. Breakfast and lunch will be served all day. Ample parking is available in front and back of the building.

Admission is free.

For more information: Maryanne Moore, 503-831-4724.

Disc golf tourney Saturday in Dallas

The new city of Dallas Disc Golf Course located in Dallas City Park is the site of a fundraising tournament for the Wild Wolf Western Oregon University Disc Golf Club on Saturday, March 6.

The tournament will utilize the nine permanent holes located in the park and will include several temporary holes that will be located adjacent to the ballfields at Lyle Elementary School.

To accommodate the competition, the course will be closed to recreational play all day on Saturday.

Anyone of any experience level can compete in the tournament, which begins at 8 a.m. with registration and check in, by contacting Chase Estep of the Wild Wolf Disc Golf Club at chaseestepmusic@hotmail.com for sign-up materials.

Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth

Monmouth Senior Center will host another of its monthly community breakfasts on Saturday, March 6, at the center, 180 S. Warren St.

The menu includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. 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.

Hobby day planned at Dallas Library

Dallas Public Library and Friends of the Dallas Library will host their 15th annual Hobby and Collectibles Day on Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is an opportunity for community residents to share their collecting interests or to start new hobbies. Hobby, craft and collectible exhibits will be displayed, and the library at 950 Main St. will have a special book display of hobby titles designed to provide information and support for someone beginning a new hobby.

Anyone interested in setting up a display is encouraged to contact the library.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

BeckenRidge plans open house event

BeckenRidge Vineyard in Dallas will host an open house showcasing its facilities Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event is designed to give the public an opportunity to tour the facility, which is available for weddings, receptions, reunions or business meetings. Included is BeckenRidge's newest addition, The Belvedere Groom's Room.

A number of businesses that work with BeckenRidge, including wedding planners, photographers, caterers and more, will also be on hand to answer questions.

The vineyard is located at 300 Reuben Boise Road in Dallas.

For more information: 503-831-3652; www.beckenridge.com.

Grief support group will meet Mondays

Willamette Valley Hospice will offer a free, six-week grief support group on Mondays beginning March 8 at its office at 1015 3rd St. NW, West Salem.

The support group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Monday through April 12. Professional counselors will facilitate the meetings. The public is welcome. There is no cost, but preregistration is required.

To register or for more information: Willamette Valley Hospice, 503-588-3600; www.wvh.org.

Spiritual music featured at WOU

Western Oregon University's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform a variety of spiritual and gospel songs Monday, March 8, in Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus in Monmouth.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will showcase songs from the earliest forms to the present. Ten selected student soloists will be featured.

The concert is free and the public is welcome.

For more information: 503-838-8437.

Poker tournament to benefit 'Relay'

A poker night benefit for Relay For Life hosted by Anytime Fitness of Dallas has been scheduled for Saturday, March 13, at the Dallas Events Center.

The Texas Hold 'em event will run from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost is a $20 buy-in, with the top six placers receiving prizes. RSVP by Monday, March 8, and receive an additional $5 in chips.

For more information: Tyler, John or Robin, 503-623-1131; Anytime Fitness, 113 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.

Women's military group will gather

The Salem Women's Military League, serving Polk and surrounding counties, will hold a no-host luncheon meeting beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Alessandro's Restaurant, 120 Commercial St. in Salem.

Any woman commissioned or who is a wife, widow, mother, daughter or sister of a commissioned or warrant officer in military service, active duty or retired, is welcome to attend.

For more information: Alice McDonald, 503-623-1008; e-mail to oldmcdfarm@msn.com.

Marriage seminar slated March 14

A marriage "tuneup" seminar will be offered at Dallas United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 14, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Join therapist Karen Hays for an opportunity to learn more about your relationship. The seminar will be appropriate for all couples, not just those experiencing crisis.

Explore what patterns of behavior bring you closer together and why, and learn how to avoid the seven destructive dynamics that damage a marriage and find out how to improve your relationship in just 36 seconds a day.

Registration fee is $10 per couple or $7.50 for an individual. Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 9.

To register or for more information: 503-623-2481.

Garden pests topic of presentation

"Controlling Pests in Organic Vegetable Gardens" will be the subject of a presentation at the Wednesday, March 10, meeting of the OSU Extension-Polk County Master Gardeners.

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

James Cassidy, soil physics and organic agriculture instructor at Oregon State University, will lead the discussion.

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

Literacy program seeking volunteers

The Polk County Literacy Program, an outreach of Chemeketa Community College, is recruiting volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing and conversational English in local communities.

Free training, materials and support for volunteers is provided. No previous teaching experience is necessary. Additional information on the program is available at literacy.chemeketa.edu.

For more information: Linda Kaufmann, 503-316-3282.

Curves partakes in local food drive

Curves locations in Dallas, Monmouth and West Salem are participating in a national corporate food drive to collect nonperishable items and monetary donations for local food banks.

Donations are accepted throughout the month of March.

Nonmembers can join with no enrollment fee with the donation of a bag of groceries.

For more information: 503-623-6226 (Dallas); 503-838-7109 (Monmouth); 503-363-8016 (West Salem).

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.

Local YWCA gains 1-year health grant

YWCA Salem, which serves Polk and Marion counties, has received a $30,000 one-year grant from the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund.

The grant is designed to help increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.

YWCA Salem Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the YWCA Salem Women's Health Resource Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information: 503-581-9922.

Juliette's House recipient of grant

Juliette's House Child Abuse Intervention Center, which serves Polk and Yamhill counties from its office in McMinnville, has received a general support grant of $2,830 from the Grasmajeto Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.


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