Fire safety focus
of library storytime
The Dallas Fire Department will stress fire safety during its annual presentation at Dallas Public Library's preschool storytime Thursday, Oct. 7, at 11:15 a.m.
Dallas Firefighter Kevin Anderson will make the story presentation, sharing fire safety details without frightening children. The storytime is geared to help take some of the fright out of those times and help children and parents learn about fie safety. All ages are welcome.
For more information: 503-831-3549.
Senior center offers
The Dallas Area Seniors will offer a special exercise program, with a focus on balance and bone health, beginning Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 10 a.m.
The program is free of charge and is offered in cooperation with Dallas Retirement Village.
For more information or to sign up: Dallas Senior Center, 503-623-8554; on FaceBook, Dallas Area Seniors.
Touted poet due
for Western event
A reading by North Carolina poet Elon G. Eidenier will take place Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m. at Western Oregon University in Crawford Classroom (Room 107) of Hamersly Library.
Eidenier is the author of "Sonnets to Euridice." He has received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and is Bookman Emeritus of the Gothic Bookshop at Duke University.
His work has appeared in various journals and his poems have been translated and published in Russian and Greek.
Following the reading will be a brief reception and opportunity to purchase a copy of Eidenier's chapbook, "Draw Flame Catch Fire."
For more information: 503-838-3489.
Oct. 7 presentation
The Rev. Luis Perez Alanoca, president of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia, will discuss his efforts in peacemaking during a presentation Thursday, Oct. 7.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Christ's Church, 412 W. Clay St., Monmouth, and follows a potluck dinner at the church.
Perez is in charge of "Joining Hands of Life" network related to the Presbyterian Hunger program. He is a part of the International Peacemakers program through which individuals who are engaged in peacemaking in their own countries are invited by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to visit with those in the United States to help U.S. citizens understand the peace and justice concerns of others around the world.
For more information: 503-838-1724.
ARC now hosting
dances in Dallas
The ARC of Polk County is sponsoring a dance for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.
DJ Walt Fuhrman will be providing music. Admission is $3 per person, with care givers and parents admitted free.
The dances are held the second and fourth Fridays of each month.
For more information: Ron Norwood, 503-269-7303.
act set to appear
Holus Bolus will perform Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Crush Wine Bar, 105 Main St. E. in Monmouth.
Holus Bolus, the creation of Tom Boylan, is described as "the one-man psychedelic acousti-loop act" and is touring to support the March release of the album "The Work of the Ether."
The song-based multi-instrumentalist starts from scratch on every song, layering live spontaneously created drum-kit loops, followed by bass, then guitar and percussion loops.
For more information: 503-838-0399; www.holusbolus.com.
of fall doll show
The Wagon Wheel Dollers Doll Club will host its annual fall doll show and sale Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.
Admission to the show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is $3 for adults. Early bird pre-sale admission, which runs from 9 to 10 a.m., is $6. Children 5 and under are free.
The one-day event includes 130 vendor tables featuring antique, porcelain, artist and collectible dolls of every type, as well as bears, miniatures, toys and related items. Doll stringing and appraisals will be available.
Proceeds benefit local community service groups.
For more information: Arleta Day, 503-581-1206.
PCHS set to host
apple festival event
Polk County Historical Society is hosting its 26th annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the historic Brunk House, 5705 Salem-Dallas Highway, near the Oak Grove Road junction.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Freshly squeezed apple cider will be sold for $5 per gallon and apple desserts will be on sale. Guests can also enjoy an open house with tours of the yard, outbuildings and gardens of the 159-year-old farmstead. Tours are available by donation.
Donations of apples still on the tree are being accepted for the cider press.
For more information: Jo Ann King, 503-838-6603; Glenn Knight, 503-623-8728; Brunk House (day of the event), 503-371-8586.
Cub Scouts plan
activity for youths
Cub Scout Pack 24 members will be working on requirements for belt loops during an event open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Dallas City Park.
From 1 to 4 p.m., the Scouts will participate in activities and learning areas including kick ball, Ultimate Frisbee, badminton, nutrition and good manners. Boys who are in grades 1-5 and are nonscouts and their families are welcome to attend and participate. There is no cost.
Attendees are asked to bring a sack lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.
For more information: Brian Reed, 503-917-1079.
fundraiser on tap
Tickets are on sale for a gourmet dessert and silent auction fundraiser to benefit Bambinos, a nonprofit outreach ministry that serves low-income families with children in Dallas.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at The Majestic, 976 Main St., Dallas. Tickets are $5 or any size package of diapers admits two adults. The admission includes dessert and beverages.
For more information: Dede Perkins, 503-623-6011.
Country folk dance
slated for Saturday
Guthrie Park Community Center will host another of its monthly Country Folk Dances Saturday, Oct. 9, 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 Alan Ede. 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; email@example.com; www.guthriepark.org.
on tap this Sunday
The Polk County Association of Realtors is holding its semiannual scrapbooking and vendor fair fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 10, at LaCreole Middle School, 701 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is $20 to scrap all day, which includes pizza, ice cream, soda and water. Vendors will also be setting up booths during the event. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Learning Center for mentally and physically handicapped youth.
For more information: Jana Fogg, 503-930-1047; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
held in West Salem
A free parenting workshop based on the DVD series, "Parenting Families: From Me to We," is being offered at Peace Lutheran Church, 1525 Glen Creek Road NW, West Salem,
The class meets Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. Child care is available and preregistration is recommended.
To register or for more information: 503-362-8500.
class being offered
A free "beginners walking aerobics class" for all ages will be offered on Sunday evenings starting Oct. 10 at Dallas New Life Church of the Nazarene.
The class meets at 6 p.m. at the church, 341 NE Kings Valley Highway, Dallas.
For more information: Margie, 503-623-3968.
to discuss irises
Steve Schreiner of Schreiner's Iris Gardens will be the featured speaker at the October gathering of the Polk County Master Gardeners.
The meeting begins tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 13) at 7 o'clock in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. The public is welcome and admission is free.
Schreiner will discuss how to grow and maintain irises.
For more information: 503-364-0438; 503-606-0673.
AARP driver safety
course next week
A two-day AARP Driver Safety Program course will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 13-14, at Salem Electric in West Salem.
The class meets both days from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 633 7th St. NW.
Space is limited and preregistration is necessary. Preference is given to drivers 50 and older. Cost is $14 per person (includes a manual and other materials). A $2 discount will be given to those who can show current AARP membership with card.
To register or for more information: 503-362-4101.