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3/31 Community Notebook

*Fundraiser will aid SMART program*First Presbyterian schedules events*Good Friday choral concert scheduled*Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth*Workshop to focus on pasture issues*Sunrise service will b

Fundraiser will aid SMART program

Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) will be conducting a fundraising wine social for its programs in Polk and Marion counties on Thursday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event, which takes place at Ragin' River Steak Co., 154 S. Main St., Independence, will include keynote speakers Joey Harrington, former NFL quarterback and SMART board member, and Terry Shanley, SMART CEO.

Appetizers will be provided by Ragin River Steak Co., and wine tasting is provided by Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar. Admission is by a donation to SMART.

For more information: Diane Wilkinson, 1-877-754-4965; e-mail to dwilkinson@getsmartoregon.org.

First Presbyterian schedules events

Dallas First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens St., has scheduled several special events leading up to its Easter Sunday service.

All events are open to the public.

* Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m. -- Lenton soup supper and discussion.

* Thursday, April 1, noon -- Pastor Dave Hampton delivers message at the Holy Week Service at Dallas Evangelical Church, 783 SW Church.

* Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m. -- Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

* Sunday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. -- Easter Sunday Communion Service.

For more information: 503-623-3397.

Good Friday choral concert scheduled

"We Sing of Christ," a free Easter choral concert, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 783 Church St. W., Monmouth.

The more than 50-voice choir with brass accompaniment will perform songs under the direction of Susan Brewster, accompanied by Catherine Huxford, both of Monmouth.

Songs will include "Amazing Grace," "O Divine Redeemer," "The Last Words of David," "Joy in the Morning," and "Distant Land." Refreshments will be served.

For more information: Steve Anderson, 503-588-9402.

Monthly breakfast set in Monmouth

Monmouth Senior Center will host another of its monthly community breakfasts on Saturday, April 3, 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 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Workshop to focus on pasture issues

"Pasture, Mud and Manure Management" is the subject of a free workshop scheduled Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Topics include "Water Quality in Polk County," "Livestock Health," "What to Do About Mud," "Manure Management Tips," "Conservation Management Practices," and "Pasture and Weed Management."

The event will be held at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St. in Monmouth. Space is limited and advanced registration is requested by Thursday, April 1.

The program is sponsored by Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the OSU Extension Service.

For more information: 503-623-9680.

Sunrise service will be church's 151th

Spring Valley Church will host its 151th Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 4, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Pastor Dale Cardwell of Emmuel Baptist Church in Salem and adviser to American Missionary Fellowship missionaries.

The indoor service is open to the public and refreshments will be served following the service.

The historic white Spring Valley Church is located on Brush College Road near its intersection with Zena and Spring Valley roads in northeast Polk County.

For more information: 503-362-5770 or 503-364-8567.

Dallas church will host Easter service

Faith Evangelical Free Church will hold Easter services open to the public on Sunday, April 4, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A presentation titled "The Risen One" will demonstrate in practical ways how Jesus works in people's lives as much today as during the time he walked the Earth.

For more information: 503-623-8034; e-mail to fefc@faithfreechurch.org.

Easter egg hunt slated for Sunday

The annual Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, at 1525 Monmouth Ave. in Independence.

Prizes will be provided for children in age groups 0-4, 5-7 and 8-10. Refreshments and Easter candy will also be provided.

Polk County children and families are welcome to participate.

For more information: 503-838-0001.

Life story writing workshop continues

The next session of the monthly life story writing workshop, "Write It Before You Lose It," meets on Monday, April 5, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. at Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.

The workshop provides writing encouragement and information on how to capture those lifetime memories in words.

Attendees should bring a notebook and pen.

For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.

Grief support group will meet Tuesdays

Willamette Valley Hospice will offer a free, six-week grief support group on Tuesdays beginning April 6 at its office at 1015 3rd St. NW, West Salem.

The support group for adults, children ages 5-17 and families will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through May 11. 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.

Community karate classes will resume

A new four-week session of Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network's community karate program begins Tuesday, April 6, at the Morrison Gym in Dallas.

Classes meet from 6:30 to 8 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; www.dallasican.org.

'Plan Your Garden' seminar coming up

A garden design class, "Plan Your Garden," will be taught by master landscape architect Rebecca Chance of 360 Design on Saturday, April 10.

The class will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gardens of Dancing Oaks Nursery, 17900 Priem Road, southwest of Monmouth.

Tuition is $35. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, April 7, as space is limited. Participants are asked to bring their own sack lunch.

To register, for directions or more information: Dancing Oaks Nursery, 503-838-6058; e-mail to dancingoaksnursery@gmail.com.

Meals for seniors available in area

NorthWest Senior & Disability Services continues to offer weekday meals for seniors in Dallas and Monmouth.

Anyone 60 years of age or older and their spouse is welcome. Meals are offered Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Dallas at LaCreole Manor, 204 SW Walnut Ave., and in Monmouth at Praise Assembly Church, 189 S. Monmouth Ave.

Delivered meals are available for home-bound seniors.

A donation of $2.75 is suggested for the meals, and advanced reservations are required. For more information: 503-623-6232 (Dallas); 503-838-2084 (Monmouth).

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