4/18 News in Brief

*DA candidate will host gathering*Arbor Day event set in Monmouth*Dog park group seeking volunteers*Library board needs representative

DA candidate will host gathering

INDEPENDENCE -- Aaron Felton, candidate for Polk County District Attorney, will host another of his "Java and Justice" meet-and-greet sessions Friday morning.

The event takes place from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at Starduster Cafe, 4705 Airport Road, Independence.


This is an opportunity to meet Felton and discuss Polk County criminal justice issues.

For more information: Aaron Felton, 503-371-0374; www.aaronfelton.com.

Arbor Day event set in Monmouth

MONMOUTH -- Community members are sought to help plant trees in the city as part of an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday.

The event will start in Main Street Park at 9 a.m. Monmouth will be recognized by the Oregon Department of Forestry for its decade-long "Tree City, USA" status.

From there, volunteers will plant 25 trees in planter strips in the downtown core. All are welcome and participants are asked to bring shovels.

For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-751-0147.

Dog park group seeking volunteers

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence Community Dog Park task force is looking for volunteers and potential sponsors for a fundraiser in May.

The task force meets almost weekly every Saturday at the Independence Public Library.

The city of Independence is considering building a dog park on one of two properties -- one municipal, the other privately owned -- just north of Riverview Park that can be accessed via Grand Street.

The task force has raised about $2,700 to install fences, benches and other equipment for an almost 2-acre dog park. The goal is $16,000, said Robin Puccetti, an organizer.

The next fundraising opportunity will be a bingo night at the Rogue Ales Hopyard in the Buena Vista area on May 19. The task force is seeking sponsorship for the event.

To become a sponsor, to volunteer or to donate to the dog park: Robin Puccetti, 503-838-1811; e-mail to robinp@ccrls.org; Independence Community Dog Park on Facebook.

Library board needs representative

POLK COUNTY -- The Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) is seeking applications from residents of Polk County for appointment to its advisory council.

The term of office is July 1 through June 30, 2015.

The CCRLS advisory council recommends regional library policies and services to Chemeketa Community College, the agency through which CCRLS is administered, and where its staff and equipment are located. A committee member is appointed from each of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Applicants for the Polk County lay member position must live in Polk County. Deadline for applying is Friday, April 20. Applications are available from any Polk County public library, online at www.ccrls.org or from the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service office at Chemeketa Community College.

For more information: John Goodyear, 503-315-4584.


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