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*Jazz dinner, dance on tap Saturday*Budget cuts, levy topic of meeting*Music program for kids continues*After-school art program to resume*ICAN youth science program offered*KVCS class selling chocola

Jazz dinner, dance on tap Saturday

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High School's Band Department will host its annual jazz dinner and dance, "The Jazz Age," on Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Central High cafeteria.

A fundraising auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, a choice of pot roast or spinach lasagna, will be served at 6 p.m. Following a 1920s-themed dessert, dancing begins at 7 p.m.

Music is provided by the CHS Jazz Band and Oregon State University Jazz Band.

Tickets for the event are $35 per couple or $18 for individuals. Cost for those wishing to attend only the dance is $5.

For more information: 503-838-6029.

Budget cuts, levy topic of meeting

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board will host a special meeting to discuss proposed budget cuts and a possible local option levy Monday, Feb. 7.

The meeting takes place in Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a board work session, followed at 7 p.m. by a discussion on pending budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year, as well as talk about a proposed local option levy.

"This is one where we need to encourage attendance," Dallas Schools Superintendent Christy Perry said of the meeting. "We really need some public comment."

For more information: 503-623-5594.

Music program for kids continues

DALLAS -- After-school music education programs will be available again during February through the Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network.

"ICAN Make Music" is a four-session program broken down by age group: children ages 5-8 meet Wednesdays (Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Lyle Elementary School; youths ages 9-12 meet on Mondays (Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14) from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Lyle Elementary.

Cost is $28. Registration forms are available online at

For more information: 503-623-5055; e-mail to

After-school art program to resume

DALLAS -- Young artists can explore their creativity through a study of MC Escher during the next session of the after-school art program coordinated by Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network.

"Art Adventures," for students in grades 4-5, resumes today (Wednesday, Feb. 2) and continues every Wednesday in February from 3 to 5 p.m. at Whitworth Elementary School.

"Art Start," for students in grades K-3, begins Monday, Feb. 14, and runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Oakdale Heights Elementary School.

Cost for each program is $35. Registration forms are available online at

For more information: Dallas ICAN, 503-623-5055; e-mail to

ICAN youth science program offered

DALLAS -- Dallas Intercommunity Activity Network is again offering a three-week after-school program for young scientists.

"ICAN Be a Mad Scientist" is available to students in grades 1-3 and will be offered Thursdays on Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Lyle Elementary School in Dallas. Participants can learn the whys of physics and chemistry through experiments.

Cost for the three-session program is $30.

For more information: 503-623-5055; e-mail to;

KVCS class selling chocolate truffles

KINGS VALLEY -- The High School Foreign Language Department at Kings Valley Charter School is selling handmade chocolate truffles for Valentine's Day.

Orders for boxes of four truffles will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 11, and available for pick-up on Monday, Feb. 14.

Cost is $6 per box. Proceeds benefit the 2012 KVCS High School Foreign Language Educational Tour.

For more information: Tamara Sprague, 541-929-2134; e-mail to


West Salem student up for award

DALLAS -- Joseph Hurley of Dallas, a senior at West Salem High School, is one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program.

Hurley is one of 53 Oregon students -- and the only one from Polk County -- selected for the recognition.

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Candidates are selected based on the performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment, as well student essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.

A panel of educators will review the 3,000 candidates and select 500 semifinalists in April. Finalists will be announced in May.

Dallas woman garners OBU honor

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Bethany Burke of Dallas was named to Oklahoma Baptist University's president's honor roll for the fall 2010 semester. Burke is a junior majoring in nursing at the Christian liberal arts school. Students must achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale to qualify.

Local qualifies for Colby dean's list

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Malia L. Kawamura of West Salem has been named to the dean's list for the 2010-11 fall semester at Colby College. To qualify for the dean's list, students must post a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher. Kawamura is a freshman with an undeclared major at Colby.

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