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4/4 News In Brief

*Arbor Day, park celebration on tap *DA candidate to host gathering *Local food, shelter funds available *Care package program seeks funds *State studded tire deadline extended

Arbor Day, park celebration on tap

DALLAS -- An Arbor Day and park grand opening celebration will take place in Kingsborough Park Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new park upgrades will be on display and the city of Dallas will give away 200 trees to those who join the festivities.

Staff from the city of Dallas' Parks Department and the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District will be on hand to answer questions.

As a Tree City USA, Dallas makes planting and caring for trees a priority and celebrates Arbor Day every year. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

For more information: Dallas City Hall, 503-831-3502.

DA candidate to host gathering

MONMOUTH -- West Salem attorney and resident Aaron Felton, who's running for Polk County District Attorney, will host a meet and greet and talk on criminal justice issues at Rick's Place in Monmouth on Friday.

"Java and Justice" will run from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

For more information: 503-371-0374.

Local food, shelter funds available

SALEM -- The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is accepting applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds until April 11 at 4 p.m.

Locally, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is administered by a board comprised of representatives from various agencies such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and local government.

Under the terms of the program, local agency recipients must meet the following criteria: be a private voluntary nonprofit organization or unit of government; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter services; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; and if a voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies can download applications, instructions, forms and reference materials at www.unitedwaymwv.org.

For more information: Kate Decarlo, 503-363-1651, ext. 312; e-mail to kdecarlo@uwmwv.org.

Care package program seeks funds

PEDEE -- The Pedee Women's Club needs assistance in its mission of sending care packages to soldiers serving in the war -- something the organization has done for every armed conflict since 1927.

Money on hand for postage and requested items is very low, said Ethelene Osgood, club president.

Donations can be sent to Osgood at 11895 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361. Donations are tax deductible and the club can send a receipt if you include your name and mailing address.

If you know someone in the service who you want to receive a a care package, please include their name and address. Oregon soldiers are given priority.

For more information: Ethelene Osgood, 503-838-1944.

State studded tire deadline extended

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is extending the studded tire season through Monday.

Statewide weather forecasts had called for continued difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week in April.

Motorists should have studded tires removed from their vehicles by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. ODOT encourages drivers to not wait until the deadline if they aren't driving in snowy conditions.

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