to kick off today
An orientation class for an interdenominational, faith-based health, wellness and weight loss program being offered in Dallas is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 7.
The meeting runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Hospitality House north of the Faith Christian School campus, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.
Material for the class is from "Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food." The material will help women find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.
The 13-week program begins Wednesday, Sept. 14.
For more information: Darlene Perkins, 503-949-8391; Jenae Anderson, 503-623-4883.
art tour Sept. 10-11
The 16th annual Visual Art Studio Tour makes its way through Polk County Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11.
A variety of events featuring local artists are planned. The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. cost is $5 for adults, and free for those under 18.
Polk County artists scheduled to participate include Vicki Brink (representational pastels), Mitch Clason (acrylic paintings), James Kirk (the figure in watercolor), Kev Kohler (realism with acrylics and ink), Marilyn Krug (acrylic and oil painting), Nathelle Norfleet (landscape oils) and Judy Phipps (oils, pastels and bronze).
For more information: Cynthia Herron, 503-363-9040; www.vasttour.com.
SEIU 503 breakfast
An all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast fundraiser takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Christ's Church, 417 Clay St. W., Monmouth.
Cost is $5 per person and includes all-you-can-eat waffles with butter and syrup, as well as choice of coffee, tea or water. Baked goods will also be available for purchase.
All proceeds benefit SEIU Local 503 and its WOU Classified Staff Hardship Fund, which assists struggling staff members and their families.
For more information: Jackson Stalley, 503-838-8894; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
for plant employees
All former Dallas Caterpillar, Towmotor and Gerlinger plant employees and their spouses will reunite for a potluck Saturday, Sept. 10.
The reunion will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the home of Jerry and Gloria Bennett, 10765 Rickreall Road.
Those planning to attend are asked to bring food to share and lawn chairs. Coffee, punch and table service will be provided. The meal begins at 2 p.m.
For more information: Jerry or Gloria Bennett, 503-623-2946; Orval Stepper, 503-623-2474.
Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) will celebrate its top and longest-tenured employees during its annual community picnic Saturday, Sept. 10.
The event will start at 1 p.m. at Riverview Park in Independence.
PCL, a Monmouth nonprofit, provides residential and employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Willamette Valley.
The picnic provides an opportunity to recognize those PCL employees who've reached their 10-, 15- and 20-year milestones. Other awards to be handed out include the Larry Carruthers Advocate of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Employer of the Year.
For more information: Kevin Priest, 503-838-2403.
will hold auditions
Pentacle Theatre will hold auditions Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. for its late fall production of James Goldman's "Lion in Winter."
Auditions take place in the theater lobby, 324 52nd Ave. NW, West Salem.
The audition consists of readings from the script, which is available at the Pentacle Theatre's business office, 145 Liberty St. NE, Suite 102, Salem, for a $10 refundable deposit.
For more information: Director Jo Dodge, 503-371-8118; e-mail to email@example.com; www.pentacletheatre.org.
square dance set
After a break for the summer, the monthly country square dances return to the Guthrie Park Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m.
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.
The center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.
For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.guthriepark.org.
Polk residents can
join Salem chorus
Salem Community Chorus is inviting Polk County singers to join the group for its new season beginning Monday, Sept. 12, at Court Street Christian Church, 1699 Court St. SE, Salem.
A car pool from the Monmouth-Independence area is available.
For more information: Rosemarie Lieuallen, 503-838-3777; visit Salem Community Chorus on Facebook.
to discuss lavender
Donald Roberts, owner and operator of Premier Botanicals, will be the guest speaker at the September chapter of meeting of the OSU Polk County Master Gardeners.
The group meets Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. The public is welcome; there is no charge.
Roberts, who holds doctorate degrees in plant pathology, plant breeder/genetics and agronomy, will talk about his work developing organically grown exclusive lavender varieties. These produce the essential oils, waters and flowers used in personal care and cosmetic products made on the 12-acre Lavender Lake Farm just south of Rickreall on Highway 99W.
For more information: 503-364-0438 or 503-623-8395.