Entries being taken
for scarecrow contest
Entries are now being accepted for the fifth annual Independence Hop & Heritage Festival Scarecrow Contest.
The contest is open to individuals, families, groups and businesses. Entry forms are available at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.
Scarecrows must be brought to the library by noon on Saturday, Sept. 25, for judging and picked up by 5 p.m. the same day.
For more information: 503-838-1811.
Seniors to resume
gatherings in FC
Falls City Seniors will resume monthly potlucks starting Thursday, Sept. 16, at noon at the United Methodist Church in Falls City.
The potlucks will be scheduled at noon on the third Thursday of each month at the church located at the corner of First and Main streets.
All residents age 55 and older are welcome to attend and bring food to share. The event is free.
For more information: Barb Goodman, 503-787-5607.
to mark 125 years
Oak Grove Grange is celebrating its 125th birthday with a party Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the grange, 2670 Oak Grove Road, Rickreall.
Longtime members Jogs and Thelma Freeman will be honored, pony rides for small children will be available, and pie, cake, cookies, lemonade, coffee and tea will be served.
The event is free and open to the public.
Oak Grove Grange is a public service organization that emphasizes family, community and the principles of faith, hope, charity and fidelity.
For more information: Kathryn Jackson, 503-510-4884.
Benefit slated for
injured Dallas man
A benefit for Dallas resident Jerry Burt will be hosted by the Roundup Pub, 962 Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Burt was recently injured in an ATV accident near Tillamook. He sustained multiple fractures, a ruptured spleen and other injuries requiring transport by Life Flight to a Portland hospital. Since he had just returned to work, he was not yet eligible for insurance coverage.
The benefit event will include a silent auction, raffle, live music, food and beverages.
Donations of goods and services that can be auctioned or monetary contributions are still being accepted.
For more information: Amy, 503-831-0189.
Evening of theater
will benefit Lions
The Dallas Lions Club is sponsoring a night of theater at the Moonfall Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 18, as part of the theater's 20th anniversary.
Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Deserts will be available at intermission.
Tickets are $18 and seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the Dallas Lions Club and its community service projects in Dallas and Polk County.
For more information: Val Unger, 503-623-4006.
offered in Dallas
A "Decisive Parenting: Powerful Tools for Parents of Teens" class will be offered Thursdays from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28 at The Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.
The free six-week program is designed specifically for parents who are struggling with their teenagers over issues of truancy, drug and alcohol use, homework, chores, sexual activity, choice of friends and arguing.
Classes are led by Dr. Michael Hammond from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 214. Preregistration is recommended as the class is limited to 30 participants.
An optional parent's manual is available for $35.
To register or for more information: Polk County Juvenile Department, 503-623-2349.
Program on senior
Dallas Senior Center is the site for "Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions," a free six-week comprehensive wellness program that begins Friday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m.
The class was originally scheduled to start Sept. 10, but has been rescheduled for a later start date.
Topics scheduled to be covered include nutrition, exercise and medication management. The class meets weekly through Oct. 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Snacks, textbook and other class materials are provided. Preregistration is recommended as class size is limited.
For more information or to register: 503-623-5055.
Garden Club ready
to resume meeting
The Falls City Garden Club will resume monthly meetings starting Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mountain Gospel Church, 257 N. Main St., Falls City.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and coffee, tea and dessert will be provided.
That evening's speakers will present photos of gardens in Norway and Germany taken during a vacation to those countries in June.
The garden club is open to all who like to garden or would like to learn.
For more information: Mary Page, 503-787-4501.