11/17 News in Brief

*Workshop for nonprofits scheduled*F.C. Arts Center seeks submissions*Donations needed for area children*City starts search for legal counsel

Workshop for nonprofits scheduled

DALLAS -- Representatives of the Oregon Community Foundation will host a workshop for Polk County nonprofits Thursday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

OCF representatives will cover a variety of topics, including: an overview of the organization; new strategic plan and areas of focus for OCF; philanthropy -- fund types, donor services and endowments; organizational sustainability -- what and why; initiatives -- Reading for All; grants -- the process; and a general question-and-answer session.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to visit www.oregoncf.org. Explore the community grant section to see the criteria and application, so that specific questions can be answered at this workshop.

This event, being held in partnership with the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and its nonprofit industry support group, is free and open to all Polk County nonprofit organizations.

For more information: Chelsea Pope, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, 503-623-2564; e-mail to chamber@dallasoregon.org.

F.C. Arts Center seeks submissions

FALLS CITY -- Falls City Arts Center is seeking art and handcrafted gift items to sell as it prepares for the grand opening of its new Gallery and Gift Shop.

The center will be accepting submissions for consideration on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., and the following week by appointment.

A grand opening and reception for artists for the gallery and shop, which will be located at the center, 420 N. Main St, will be Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Executive Director Jackey Raye Jones at 503-559-6291 or e-mail fallscityarts@hotmail.com.

Donations needed for area children

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- New and clean used clothes as well as new toys are sought through Dec. 16 for Polk County children who are relocated from drug homes and placed in foster homes.

The effort boxes are marked with "Operation T-shirt and Toys."

Drop-off points include public libraries in Monmouth and Independence, the Werner University Center at Western Oregon University and the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce on North Pacific Highway.

Items will be picked up on Dec. 17 and distributed by Polk County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

The project is sponsored by UCAM (United Communities Against Meth) and WOU.

For more information: Paul Pfnister via e-mail to nwbp1@msn.com.

City starts search for legal counsel

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence will be searching for new legal counsel following the upcoming retirement of current city attorney Rich Rodeman.

Rodeman was hired under former mayor Tom Ritchie's tenure 15 years ago. He has worked as a municipal attorney for Falls City and other communities for 32 years.

His last day on the job will be Dec. 31.

"I have enjoyed working with staff and city council to build a new library and many other public projects," Rodeman said.

Independence will seek applications for the vacancy through the League of Oregon Cities, with an end-of-November deadline. The goal is to have a replacement firm

in place by the first of January, City Manager David Clyne said.

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