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11/10 Community Notebook

*Reception kicks off painting exhibit*'Operation Santa' seeks assistance*Master Gardeners meet at fairgrounds*Marines birthday will be celebrated*Thursday breakfast will honor veterans*Veterans dinner

Reception to kick

off painting exhibit

An opening reception for the painting exhibit titled "Color/Colour" will be held today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth.

The exhibit features the work of Ron Graff and Cara Tomlinson.

The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 10.

For more information: 503-838-8607.

'Operation Santa'

seeks assistance

An "Operation Santa 2010" packing party hosted by Western Oregon University students is scheduled today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at 6 p.m. in the Werner Center on the WOU campus in Monmouth.

Holiday packages will be packed for Marines and soldiers deployed in Afghanistan as part of a program coordinated by Marine Corps Family Foundation.

Donations of stocking stuffers such as boot socks, handwarmers, snack bars, nuts, beef jerky, batteries, DVDs and CDs, Chapstick and baby wipes, as well as monetary contributions to help with shipping costs, are welcome and tax deductible.

For more information: Connie Riecke, 503-409-5905.

Master Gardeners

meet at fairgrounds

Lucile Whitman of Whitman Farms in Salem will speak at the November meeting of the Polk County Master Gardeners.

The meeting begins at 7 o'clock tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 10) in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. The public is welcome; there is no charge.

Whitman's presentation is titled "Trees for the Urban Landscape."

For more information: 503-364-0438 or 503-623-8395.

Marines birthday

will be celebrated

A celebration of the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps has been scheduled today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at 6 p.m. at Murphy's Grill in Dallas.

All Marines in Polk County, active duty or veterans, are welcome to attend the gathering at 288 E. Ellendale Ave.

For more information: Bob Herndon, 503-623-5395.

Thursday breakfast

will honor veterans

The annual Veterans Day Breakfast is set for Thursday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., Dallas.

Veterans and their families and active duty military personnel and their families are welcome to attend.

There is no charge for the breakfast; however, donations are gladly accepted. This year's menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.

This event is prepared and hosted by veterans of Dallas American Legion Post No. 20.

For more information: Dewayne Thiessen, 503-623-4380; or e-mail Al Ratzlaff at albertr7@juno.com.

Veterans dinner

set at Elks Lodge

Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950 is hosting a dinner to honor veterans and other military personal Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

RSVP is requested by today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at 5 p.m.

The menu will include fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, chedder biscuits, and pie and ice cream.

The meal at 289 S. Main St., Independence, is free for veterans and current military personnel, $8 for guests. Attendees are asked to bring proof of their service ID with them.

For more information or to RSVP: 503-838-1850 or 503-838-1950.

Latitude will host

art show, reception

Artist Chris Haberman will hold a solo art show from Nov. 11 to Dec. 4 at Latitude Gallery and Restaurant, 904 Main St., Dallas.

An opening reception for the show, which will include an appearance by Haberman, takes place Friday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 10 p.m.

The event will also include free appetizers, a performance by guitarist Bryan Cavzos, a wine tasting featuring Ankeny Vineyards, and the restaurant and bar will have a special menu for the event.

For more information: www.latitudedallas.com.

Willamina art tour

set this weekend

More than 25 professional artists and local craftspeople from Willamina, Sheridan and Grand Ronde will show and sell their work during the 19th annual Willamina Coastal Hills Arts Tour.

The free tour along Willamina's Main Street and at local artist's studios will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13.

A quilt show and sale takes place at Willamina's VFW Hall.

Maps to tour locations and general information will be available at the "Galloping Goose" train car, tour sites and the Willamina Public Library.

For more information: Charlyn Pranger, 503-876-8855; Ila Skyberg, 503-435-7874.

Poker fundraiser

will assist family

A benefit poker tournament will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, to aid the seven family members of the late Autumn Lee, who died in a white-water rafting accident on Sept. 6.

The Texas Hold 'em tournament begins at noon at Aces Up Poker Club, 147 SW Court St., Dallas.

Admission is $40 and seating is limited. Food and prizes will be available. All proceeds go to the family.

For reservations, tickets or more information: Josh, 503-420-9191; Becky, 503-551-8542.

Help 'Food Share'

by going bowling

Will Bowl for Food 2, a fundraiser for Marion-Polk Food Share, will take place Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at Firebird Lanes in Salem.

Cost is $25, which includes shoe rental and two games, or you can rent a lane for $100 for up to five people. Donations of food will also be accepted, with every five cans earning the donor a prize ticket.

All proceeds from the event benefit Marion-Polk Food Share.

For more information: Samantha Demchak, 503-851-4156.

Library sets annual

book bingo event

Independence Public Library will host its annual Turkey Book Bingo event for children in grades K-5 Saturday, Nov. 13, beginning at 3 p.m.

Children will have a chance to win books and other prizes during this turkey-themed bingo game.

For more information: Jolene Hall, 503-838-1811.

Dallas Church set

to host free movie

Dallas Church continues its third birthday celebration by hosting a free family movie night Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Dallas High School's Bollman Auditorium.

"Toy Story 3" in high definition will be shown. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available.

For more information: Pastor Ben Bauman, 503-623-2711; ben@dallaschurch.org; www.dallaschurch.org.

Country folk dance

slated for Saturday

Guthrie Park Community Center will host its monthly Country Folk Dance Saturday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.

All ages are welcome for an evening of dancing to the music of Cash & Company. Caller is Truman Price. Dances include 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.

See's Candy sale

will begin Tuesday

West Valley Hospital Volunteers will kick off its See's Candy sale fundraiser beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Candy will be sold until gone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the hospital lobby, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Candy boxes are $6 each.

Proceeds help fund the group's longrunning scholarship program to benefit a 2011 Polk County graduating senior.

For more information: Jan Payne, 503-623-9455.

Volunteers sought

at senior center

Monmouth Senior Center is seeking volunteers willing to donate a few hours each month serving on an assortment of committees.

Areas in need of volunteers include Building Reserve Fund, Special Events, Hospitality, Memorials, Publicity, Travel, Fundraising and Building.

For more information: Sue Teal, 503-838-5678.

Indy holiday parade

now taking entries

The Independence Downtown Association is now accepting parade entries for this year's Holiday Parade of Lights. The theme is, "Dreaming of a Hometown Holiday." The parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th beginning at 5pm. All entries must be decorated with lights. The parade will be followed by an open house at the Independence Public Library, featuring treats and singing. Parade registration forms are available at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth Street, Independence or at the Monmouth Independence Chamber of Commerce, 309 N Pacific Ave, Suite A., Monmouth. You may also download the entry form at www.independencedowntown.org, or call the library at 503-838-1811 to receive one by mail.

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