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3/10 Community Notebook

*'Financial fitness' class being offered*Local rhododendron group set to gather*Bible study group meets Wednesdays*Benefit spaghetti dinner March 11*Youth symphony fundraiser planned*Relay For Life fl

'Financial fitness' class being offered

The Polk Community Development Corporation is presenting a four-part "financial fitness" class on Wednesday evenings beginning today (March 10).

Classes will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room at Rickreall Creek Townhomes, 277 SW Walnut Ave., Dallas. The course is designed to help participants gain greater control over their financial lives, covering everything from setting achievable financial goals to building good credit to buying a home or a car.

Cost is $5 for Polk CDC clients, $10 for clients of MERIT and the West Valley Housing Authority, and $20 for other members of the community.

For more information or to register: attend the first class; contact Polk Community Development Corporation, 503-831-3173, ndollar@polkcdc.org.

Local rhododendron group set to gather

Keith White of Independence will share his experiences on rhododendrons and traveling in Sichuan, China, during a gathering of the Willamette Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

The meeting, scheduled tonight (Wednesday, March 10) at 7 o'clock, will be held in the Carrier Room of First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem.

For more information: Wallace Reed, 503-588-3666.

Bible study group meets Wednesdays

Weekly Bible services open to the public are being held on Wednesday nights at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St.

The gatherings run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 10 and March 17. All ages are welcome. There is no cost.

For more information: Linda Brist, 503-522-6374.

Benefit spaghetti dinner March 11

A spaghetti feed to benefit Steve Mabry and his fight against cancer is being hosted by Bert's Restaurant on Thursday, March 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost of the meal is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Bert's is located at 165 Orchard Drive in Dallas.

For more information: Bert, 503-623-8585.

Youth symphony fundraiser planned

Tickets are now available for Salem Youth Symphony Association's Musical Enchantment Benefit Dinner and Concert, scheduled Friday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at Green Villa Barn in Independence.

The event will include a wine reception with appetizers, silent auction and raffle, gourmet dinner prepared by Wild Pear Catering, musical entertainment from three student orchestras, and a performance by the Portland Cello Project.

Cost is $75 per person. Event proceeds benefit the Salem Youth Symphony Association.

For tickets or more information: www.salemyouthsymphony.org.

Relay For Life flea market set at WOU

A flea market will be held at the Werner University Center at Western Oregon University to raise money for Relay For Life.

WOU's Psychology Student Association will sell furniture, jewelry, clothes, electronics, movies and other items, as well as baked goods and hand-made "hope" bracelets.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. All proceeds will go to the association's Relay For Life team.

For more information: Kayla Willhite, 503-803-8219.

Men's choir will perform Saturday

The Salem Adventist Men's Choir will perform a concert on Saturday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at Dallas Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The choir is under the direction of Lou Wildman, conductor.

Dallas Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 589 SW Birch St.

For more information: 503-363-0390.

American Legion to mark birthday

Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 will celebrate its 91st birthday and that of the American Legion organization during a gathering Saturday, March 13, at Greenway Mobile Park in Dallas.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck meal, followed by a presentation on the founding and history of the American Legion and the local post in Dallas. World War II posters, a ship model and model aircraft will also be on display.

Attendees are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Coffee and dinnerware will be provided. All past and present American Legion members, their families and activity duty military personnel are welcome.

For more information: Dewayne Thiessen, 503-623-4380; Al Ratzlaff, 503-623-2591.

St. Pat's dinner, auction scheduled

St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Independence will celebrate St. Paddy's Day by hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Auction on Saturday, March 13.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the church hall, 1275 E St., Independence, and is open to the public, includes a live auction, Irish beef stew dinner, and a live band and dancing.

Cost is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under. Advanced ticket purchase is required. All proceeds benefit the church.

For more information: Diana, 503-838-1242.

Country folk dance slated for Saturday

The next monthly country folk dance is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 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 Alan Ede. 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.

Grange will host Sunday breakfast

The Buell Grange of Polk County is hosting a community breakfast on Sunday, March 14, 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.

Swim party slated for cancer victims

Relay For Life of Polk County is hosting a swim party celebration for cancer survivors and those currently in treatment from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Dallas Aquatic Center.

This special invitation is to cancer survivors, those currently in treatment, caregivers both current and past, and their families. The Dallas Aquatic Center will be closed to the public during this event.

Activities in addition to the swimming will include facials, hand treatments, bunco, food and prizes.

For more information and to make reservations: Vicki Baile, 503-623-5241; e-mail to vickibaile@aol.com.

Monmouth author releases new novel

Sonja Ruth Ely will be holding a book signing for her new novel, "The Things We Leave Behind," on Sunday, March 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rick's Place Coffee House, 123 E. Main St., Monmouth.

The book is a historical novel set in the 1880s. It is the second book inspired by a letter that was more 140 years old that was received by the Polk County Museum, where Ely continues to volunteer. The first novel released two years ago is "Into The Dust."

For more information: e-mail Ely at oregonwriter@q.com.

Church schedules gospel concert

The City Boys from Dallas will perform a concert of old-time gospel music Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at Heart to Heart Church, 191 Monmouth St. N., Monmouth.

The hourlong performance of musical praise is open to the public. Finger foods and snacks will follow the concert. A freewill offering will be accepted.

For more information: Anita, 503-838-4742; Lisa, 503-837-0541.

Fundraiser on tap for Relay For Life

No Doubters of St. Thomas, a Polk County Relay For Life team, will hold a fundraiser at Ugo's Pizza, 967 Main St., Dallas, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16.

A portion of sales during that time will benefit Relay For Life.

For more information: Jo Martin, 503-623-5752.

Dallas resource fair set March 16

The annual Dallas Community Resource Fair is scheduled Tuesday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Whitworth Elementary School, 1151 SE Miller Ave.

The community event works to connect residents of Dallas with many of the resources that serve the growing area. The outreach fair is free and includes a variety of tables featuring community information and services. Food and fun is also provided.

Dallas Community Resource Fair is presented by the Polk County Dallas Service Integration Team with key funding provided by Polk County Commission for Children and Families.

For more information: Debbie McMillian, 503-623-9664.

Community karate class will resume

A new four-week session of Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network's community karate program begins Tuesday, March 16, at the Morrison Gym in Dallas.

Classes meet at 6:30 p.m. The program focuses on respect, agility and coordination. 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; www.dallasican.org.

Church offering Lenten booklets

Dallas First Christian Church has free 2010 Lenten daily devotionals, "Getting Ready," to assist in one's walk leading up to Easter.

Booklets contain thoughts of living and past church members, information surrounding Lent, and a list of the church's upcoming events.

They are available Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church office, 1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas, or may be reserved by e-mail at dallas1stchristianchurch@yahoo.com.

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