pie fundraiser set
Monmouth Senior Center will host its semiannual Soup and Pie Sale fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The event features a variety of soups including vegetable beef, vegetarian split pea, salmon corn chowder, chicken noodle and clam chowder. A variety of freshly baked pies will be available.
Cost is $3 for a large bowl of soup and $2 for a slice of pie. Whole pies may be available for purchase depending on the supply. Donations of homemade pies are still being accepted.
The center's craft store will be open during the sale.
The Monmouth Senior Center is located at 180 S. Warren St.
For more information: 503-838-5678.
will honor Gentle
A special event recognizing the contributions of professor Thomas H. Gentle to Western Oregon University will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at Gentle House.
The celebration will honor the arrival of Gentle in 1911 to what was then the Oregon Normal School, and feature a tea buffet, music and tours of the historic Gentle House.
The event at 855 N. Monmouth Ave. will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Donations to the Thomas H. Gentle Endowed Professorship fund are welcome.
Gentle brought with him to Monmouth ideas regarding teacher education and started the college on the road to becoming a nationally-recognized institution of teacher education.
For more information: 503-838-8147.
slated Oct. 21-22
Pentacle Theatre in West Salem will hold auditions for its early January production of "The Wizard of Oz" Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22.
Auditions, which are by appointment only, take place at the Pentacle Theatre's rehearsal studios at 145 Liberty St. NE in Salem.
For more information and audition details: Director Jenni Bertels via e-mail to email@example.com.
AARP driver safety
class being offered
A one-day AARP Defensive Driver Safety Class will be offered Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Monmouth Senior Center.
The class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth.
Cost is $14 per person. A $2 discount will be given to those who present a current AARP membership card.
Preregistration is requested and attendees should bring a sack lunch.
To register or for more information: 503-838-5678.
West Salem salon
sets charity benefit
The Cutting Edge Studio in West Salem is hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Angel Hair Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the event, the salon will offer a full range of salon services, including hair, nails, waxing, barbering and chair massage. There will also be a raffle.
Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase Angel Hair Systems for children in Oregon who have lost their hair due to medical illnesses.
The Cutting Edge Studio is located at 1126 Edgewater St. NW.
For more information or to schedule an appointment: 503-363-6118.
Book signing event
is Saturday at WOU
Lia London, a former resident of Monmouth and graduate of Western Oregon University, will conduct a book signing for her debut fantasy adventure novel, "The Circle of Law," on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the WOU Bookstore, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.
Rachel Clark, also a graduate of WOU, is the illustrator and will be present for autographs for a portion of the day.
For more information: 503-568-0776; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falls City church
will host fiddlers
The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers will play a benefit performance Saturday, Oct. 22, at Falls City United Methodist Church, 242 N. Main St.
Music begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to continue until around 3 p.m.
The performance is free, but contributions will be accepted to help maintain the church building, constructed in 1892.
For more information: Barbara Goodman, 503-787-5607.
A Child's Haven
plans 'open barn'
A Child's Haven will host its annual "open barn" event for families with children who have special needs Saturday, Oct. 22, at Twin Creeks Equestrian Center, 19240 Falls City Road, Dallas.
The free event, which has a Halloween theme, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. rain or shine. It is an opportunity for pony hugs, pony rides and other activities.
Closed-toe shoes are recommended for all visitors and required for those who participate in pony rides.
For more information: Teresa Larios, 503-837-0244; Susan Fischer, 503-787-1605; e-mail to email@example.com; www.childshaven.org.
'Ladies Night Out'
cancer event set
Tickets are now on sale for "Ladies' Night Out," a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness scheduled Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Old Mill Feed & Garden in Dallas.
The event at 1313 Main St. will include the music of Keeter Stuart, singer/songwriter for the Portland band Trio Bravo.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or a group rate of 10 tickets for the price of nine. Included with admission is wine, hors d'oeuvres, chocolate tasting, cheese tasting, vendors and prizes, massage, photography for you and your girlfriends and in-store specials.
For tickets or more information: Old Mill Feed & Garden, 503-831-1222; www.oldmillfeed.com; and on Old Mill's Facebook page.
Church is fighting
Trinity Lutheran Church of Dallas will participate in the 2011 annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters Sunday, Oct. 23.
A resource table will be available for writing letters to Congress about global hunger and poverty.
The 2011 event will urge Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Kurt Schrader to reform U.S. international assistance so that more world neighbors can move out of poverty by means of better employment, education, health care and conflict resolution.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 320 SE Fir Villa Road.
For more information: Ed Brandt, 503-623-5153; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tea and silent auction will be held at the Pink House, 242 D St. in Independence, on Monday, Oct. 24, to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.
The "Pink Tea" auction will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Seating is limited to 50.
Last year's event raised nearly $900 for the American Cancer Society programs.
Coordinator Jolene Hall is still seeking volunteers or groups interested in providing finger food and desserts, items for auction and assistance with cleanup.
For more information: Jolene Hall, 503-838-2851; e-mail to email@example.com.
Halloween is topic
of youth program
Independence Public Library's Fall Fun Club for youths welcomes Dennis Eberly, master pumpkin carver and storyteller, to its Tuesday, Oct. 25, session.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and watch as Eberly transforms a giant pumpkin into a spooky Halloween creation. He will also be telling some "gently scary" Halloween tales.
The program is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. at the library, 175 Monmouth St.
For more information: Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.
Meeting for 4-H
program is Oct. 25
Youths in grades 4-12 interested in shooting sports for the new 4-H program year are welcome to attend an informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Building C at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Rickreall.
Shooting sports involve archery, rifle and, new this year, pistol.
The informational meeting will include a basic orientation to the shooting sports program and 4-H sign up. Attendees should dress warmly.
Adults interested in being potential leaders can attend an informational meeting Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Farrol's Restaurant. RSVP to Jeff Dunton at 503-420-9107.
For more information: Polk County Extension Office, 503-623-8395; Jeff Dunton, 503-420-9107; Daryl Eash, 503-838-5027.
Falls City library will
trade food for fines
During the month of October, Wagner Community Library in Falls City is holding an "October Cans for Fines" campaign.
People with overdue fines at the library can bring in one can of food for every $1 in fines up to $10 on Wagner Community Library fines only.
The food will be donated locally to help with the upcoming holidays.
For more information: 503-787-3521, ext. 319.
F.C. Garden Club
will meet Oct. 27
Falls City Garden Club begins its 61th season Thursday, Oct. 27, with the return of Daryll Combs of Daryll's Nursery in Dallas as the guest speaker at its monthly meeting.
Combs will discuss "Hardy Plants vs. Non-Hardy Plants" during the gathering that begins at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gospel Fellowship Church on North Main Street in Falls City.
Combs has been a nurseryman for more than 25 years, with his nursery on West Ellendale in Dallas now entering its 19th season.
Refreshments will be served and a short club business meeting follows the presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information: Nigel Page, 503-787-4501; Gladys Norman, 503-787-6105.