2/1 Community Notebook

*Church bell choir seeking members*Food drive taking place at Safeway*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Flea market on tap at Rickreall Grange*Kickoff event set for Relay For Life*Emeritus Society

Church bell choir

seeking members

Community members who have a basic knowledge of reading music are welcome to join a newly formed bell choir at Dallas United Methodist Church.

Experience playing bells is not required.

The group meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 at the church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive.

For more information: Leanna Deters, 503-831-3303; e-mail to dldeters@msn.com.

Food drive taking

place at Safeway

A food drive coordinated by the Dallas Lions Club to benefit the Polk County Food Bank takes place Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Safeway Store at 138 W. Ellendale Ave. in Dallas.

The drive runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donations of nonperishable food items and cash will be accepted.

For more information: Royce Thorpe, 503-623-8514.

Saturday breakfast

slated in Monmouth

Monmouth Senior Center will host its monthly all-you-can-eat community breakfast fundraiser on Saturday (Feb. 4) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Cost is $5 per person, $3 for children under 12. The menu is scheduled to include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee.

Proceeds benefit the Monmouth Senior Center building expansion fund. The center is located at 180 S. Warren St.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Flea market on tap

at Rickreall Grange

Rickreall Grange is the site of a weekend flea market Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (99W).

A variety of vendors offering an assortment of new and slightly used items will be on hand. A few vendor tables remain available for rent.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase both days.

For more information: Blanche Pryor, 503-623-8289.

Kickoff event set

for Relay For Life

Relay For Life of Polk County 2012 is hosting its official kick-off event Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ash Creek Elementary School, 1360 N. 16th St., Monmouth.

The Jan. 21 event was postponed due to area flooding.

The theme for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Polk County 2012 is "The Magic of Relay ... Dream It ... Hope It ... Cure It."

The community is welcome to the party that will feature speakers sharing information about the event, refreshments and prizes. Those wishing to sign up to be part of the relay can also register for the June 9-10 event, to be held at Riverview Park in Independence. Those attending are asked to park in the front of the school and enter the building on the back side.

For more information: RelayForLife.org/PolkCountyOr; Kay Graven via e-mail to gkr@q.com.

Emeritus Society

to gather Monday

Adriane Bolliger is the guest speaker scheduled for the Monday meeting of The Emeritus Society.

Bolliger will speak on "Internship, Revolutions and Couscous: Tales of Living and Working in North Africa."

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St. Admission is free and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information: Art Tidey, 503-838-1630.

Writing worshop

takes place Feb. 6

The next meeting of the "Write It Before You Lose It" life story writing workshop takes place Monday (Feb. 6) at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.

The group meets at 12:45 p.m., starts work at 1 p.m., and wraps up at 3 p.m. Attendees should bring a notebook and pen.

For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.

Master Gardeners

to meet in Dallas

Neil Bell, Polk and Marion county community horticulturist for the OSU Extension Service, is the scheduled speaker at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Polk County Master Gardeners.

The Wednesday meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

Bell will give a lecture and slide presentation of his July 2011 trip to the United Kingdom, including Wisley, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and a walking tour of London.

For more information: Judy Hillman, 503-930-9755; e-mail to thegardenmole@comcast.net.

PSWCD accepting

native plant orders

Pre-sale orders are being accepted for Polk Soil and Water Conservation District's annual Oregon native plant sale.

The sale is Feb. 17 at White's Hauling, 550 Morrow Road, Independence, but pre-sale orders can be picked up Feb. 16.

Numerous species of native trees, shrubs and assorted plants will be offered while supplies last. Pre-sale orders will be accepted through Feb. 10.

For more information or to request an order form: 503-623-9680; stop by the PSWCD office at 580 Main St., Suite A, in Dallas.


Deadline to submit items for consideration for the Community Notebook, Community Calendar and Library Calendar is Friday at noon. Items may be sent via e-mail (ionews@polkio.com), fax (503-623-2395) or dropped off in person at the I-O office at 147 SE Court St., Dallas.


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