beginning at WOU
Western Oregon University ushers in the official start of summer with the inaugural performance of its 2011 WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series today (Wednesday, June 22).
The event begins at noon outside at the Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.
This week's scheduled performer is the Henhouse Prowlers, which will be playing bluegrass music. The concerts are free and open to the public; barbecue food fare will be available for purchase.
Additional scheduled performers and dates are JT and the Tourists (June 29), Chris Estes AKA Solar Blues (July 6), Maharimbas (July 13), Miranda Vettrus (July 20), and karaoke (July 27).
For more information: 503-838-8514.
series set to start
The first in a series of summer tours hosted by Polk Soil & Water Conservation District highlighting agricultural operations in Polk County is scheduled Thursday, June 23.
The opening event of the series will be a tour of the Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard in Independence from 2 to 4 p.m. The tour will include a soils specialist from the local NRCS office and a talk with the Rogue Hop Farm caretaker, including a walk through the hop fields and processing barn.
Parking is available on site, admission is free, but an RSVP in advance is required as space is limited.
For more information or to RSVP: 503-623-9680; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willamette Valley Hospice will hold a day of celebration open to the community on Thursday, June 23, when its hosts its annual Spring Memorial Gathering and an open house for the Edward F. Tokarski Hospice Home.
The memorial gathering will celebrate and honor the lives of loved ones from 3 to 4 p.m. at 1015 3rd St. NW in West Salem. The event is open to the entire community and will include music and a reading of the names of those being honored. Anyone who wishes to add a name to the reading can do so prior to the service.
The open house for the new hospice home will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include tours of the new facility, which will care for hospice patients in private rooms when it opens in July. The home is located at 1020 Elm St. NW in West Salem. Housewarming gifts are welcomed, and gift registries are available at Kohls, J.C. Penney and Target.
For more information: 503-588-3600; www.wvh.org.
Vineyard to debut
Van Duzer Vineyards kicks off a new summer program featuring live music on Thursday, June 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Jazz guitarist Michael Pardew will perform on the patio of the vineyards at 11975 Smithfield Road every other Thursday. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music.
The event is free and children are welcome, though there is a $10 tasting fee for wine and an additional charge for picnic meals prepared by Van Duzer.
For more information: 1-800-884-1927.
A car wash and garage sale to raise money for a local Alzheimer's Network has been scheduled Friday, June 24.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., takes place at Heron Pointe senior living community, 504 Gwinn St. E, Monmouth. Hot dogs and beverages will also be available for sale.
Donations for the garage sale are still being accepted. Acceptable items include small appliances, electronics, furniture and almost-new clothing.
All proceeds from the car wash and food sales benefit the local Alzheimer's Network.
For more information: Kimberly Ficklin, 503-838-6850.
served at center
Dallas Area Seniors will host a community breakfast fundraiser Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St.
Cost is $6 per person and the menu is scheduled to include quiche, potatoes, cinnamon rolls or muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.
Proceeds benefit the future new senior center in Dallas.
For more information: June Krause, 503-623-5900.
Open house on tap
at Arctic museum
Friends of Jensen Arctic Museum will host an open house at the museum Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in honor of the facility's 26th anniversary.
The open house will include cake, ice cream, games, tours of the museum and a museum status update.
Jensen Arctic Museum is located at 590 W. Church St. on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth.
For more information: Roben Jack Larrison, 503-838-8468; e-mail to email@example.com.
Car club to bring
'Cruz to Dallas'
A number of classic cars will be on display when the McMinnville Auto Club visits downtown Dallas as part of its "Cruz to Dallas" event Saturday, June 25.
The "cruz" is expected to include 15 to 25 participants, who will enjoy a brunch at Murphy's Grill and a day of shopping at downtown Dallas businesses.
The classic cars will be parked together in the downtown area and on display for public viewing. Drivers will be available to answer questions about the cars and the club.
For more information: www.macautoclub.com.
picnic and softball
The Dallas community is welcome to attend an old-fashioned church picnic and softball game between Grace Baptist Church and the Dallas Fire Department on Sunday, June 26.
The event takes place at Grace Baptist, 1855 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, and begins with the picnic at 12:30 p.m. The game begins at around 2 p.m.
Those planning to attend are asked to bring picnic supplies. Food and beverages will be provided for fire department members.
For more information: Pastor Russ Hilsinger, 503-623-4858.
Sunday in Ballston
Past and present residents of the Ballston community are welcome to attend the annual Ballston Picnic in the Park on Sunday, June 26, beginning at 1 p.m.
The potluck event takes place at Ballston Park on Ballston Road in northern Polk County.
Attendees are asked to bring old photos and stories to share of the times when they lived in Ballston.
For more information: Judy Whitlow, 503-843-3381.
slated for Sunday
Do you have an interest in restoring habitat on your property to a more natural state but don't know where to begin? The Institute for Applied Ecology and the Natural Resource Conservation Service is hosting a free wetland habitat restoration workshop in Polk County on Sunday, June 26.
The workshop takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Bridgeport Farms and Gardens, 16385 Bridgeport Road, south of Dallas.
Participants will inspect wetland soils and study native plants and animals that call wetlands home. The tour will cover preparing your site, installing native plants and maintaining sites over the long term. People will examine invasive weeds and discuss control options.
For more information: 541-753-3099, ext. 502; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dallas Class of '76
planning a reunion
Dallas High School's Class of 1976 will hold its 35th year reunion Aug. 27-28.
A gathering is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Premier RV, 4700 Salem-Dallas Highway (Hwy. 22). A picnic is also planned Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. at Dallas City Park.
Cost of reunion activities is $30 per person.
For more information: E-mail Beth Sapp-Lambert at email@example.com.