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11/7 Community Notebook

*Workshop targeted at seniors is slated *Veterans to discuss college transition *Extension office to host open house *Hazelnuts topic of DIY workshop *School will honor veterans on Friday *Legion sche

Workshop targeted

at seniors is slated

A free workshop for senior citizens on how to protect yourself from identity theft and financial abuse will be held Wednesday (today) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

Experts from the state of Oregon will be on hand to offer tips that are mainly designed for seniors, but can benefit everyone, on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and financial abuse.

This program is sponsored by the Dallas Public Library in conjunction with the Friends of the Library.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Veterans to discuss

college transition

Students at Western Oregon University who have served in the military will share their experiences as veterans transitioning to college life during a forum on Thursday at the Werner University Center's Willamette Room.

The presentation runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to staff, students and community members. An open discussion will take place afterward. The event is hosted by the WOU Non-Traditional Student organization.

For more information: 925-698-0549.

Extension office

to host open house

The Oregon State University-Polk County Extension Service is hosting an open house Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Extension office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.

Various Extension program areas will have displays set up and the public is welcome to tour the office's new location.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information: 503-623-8395.

Hazelnuts topic

of DIY workshop

A two-part discussion about hazelnuts -- er, filberts -- in the Willamette Valley is the topic for the next Rogue Farms do-it-yourself workshop, scheduled Thursday at 6 p.m.

The workshop takes place in the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room at Rogue Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, south of Independence. Lance and Darcy Kirk will discuss all things hazelnuts, including Darcy sharing and demonstrating her favorite hazelnut recipes.

There is no charge to attend the workshop. Food and beer are available for purchase in the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room.

For more information: 503-838-9813.

School will honor

veterans on Friday

Faith Christian School will host its annual Veteran Day Chapel veterans program and luncheon to honor area veterans and their families Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the school, 2290 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.

The school is inviting local veterans and their spouses to the program to honor them. Attending veterans are asked to bring memories of their tour of duty -- uniforms, photographs, souvenirs, etc. -- to share with students.

A complimentary lunch will be served.

Veterans who wish to participate are asked to RSVP the school office by calling Juli at 503-623-6632.

Legion schedules

tribute breakfast

Dallas American Legion Post 20 will host its 16th annual Veterans Day Breakfast Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Valley Life Center Church.

All veterans and their families, active duty military personnel and families are welcome to attend the event at 1795 SE Miller Ave., Dallas. The meal includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Music will be provided by the Orchard Mountain String Band. There is no charge, though donations will be accepted.

For more information: Rich Wolcott, 503-831-5593.

Marines' birthday

will be celebrated

An event celebrating the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Murphy's Grill, 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas.

A special birthday cake will be provided. All Marines -- present, past and future -- and their families are welcome to attend.

For more information: Retired Sgt. Maj. Bob Herndon, 503-623-5395.

Square dance set

for Saturday night

Guthrie Park Community Center will host its next monthly country square dance Saturday 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; guthriepark@gmail.com; www.guthriepark.org.

WVH holiday coping

seminar is planned

A workshop hosted by Willamette Valley Hospice designed to help individuals cope with the holiday season after the loss of a loved one is scheduled Saturday.

The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at 1015 Third St. NW, West Salem. It is free, but donations will be accepted.

Designed for adults, as well as families with children ages 5 to 17, participants will gain ideas and coping strategies to assist them in their grief during the holiday season. No registration is necessary; an RSVP is appreciated only if children will be attending.

Children will participate in age-appropriate activities while adults attend a workshop presented by Kathleen Braza, host of the DVD "To Touch a Grieving Heart."

For more information: Willamette Valley Hospice, 503-588-3600.

Fundraiser set for

'Camp Attitude'

A fundraising event for Camp Attitude will be held Tuesday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Ugo's Pizza, 967 Main St., Dallas.

Camp Attitude is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a unique camping experience for families in the disability community.

For more information: Mavel, 503-623-9134.

Hydroponics topic

of gardening event

Who says gardening has to stop when winter arrives?

That's the topic to be addressed at the November meeting of the Polk County Master Gardeners, scheduled Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

Lance Breiman of L & L Nursery Supply Inc. will discuss ways to keep the greens in your salad, the herbs on your pizza and fresh vegetables on the table using hydroponics.

You'll learn the basics of getting started: growing medium, pH, nutrients and light.

The public is welcome.

For more information: Judy Hillman, 503-930-9755; email to thegardenmole@conmcast.net.

Dallas wrestlers

selling poinsettias

Orders are being accepted through Nov. 16 for holiday poinsettias offered for sale as a fundraiser for the Dallas High School wrestling team.

Plants come in 6.5-inch and 8.5-inch pots. Poinsettias in 6.5-inch pots come in red, pink, white and jingle (variegated with glitter) and cost $12 each. Plants in 8.5-inch pots come in burgundy, red, pink and white and cost $20.

Poinsettias will be delivered on Nov. 23.

Proceeds go toward purchasing wrestling gear and equipment for the DHS team.

For more information or to place an order: contact any Dallas High wrestler or stat girl; Alice Bibler, 503-580-8626; Shelli Miller, 503-871-2864; email to dhswrestling@ymail.com.

PCL plans to raffle

Civil War package

Monmouth-based Partnerships in Community Living Inc. is conducting a fundraising raffle for a Civil War football game-day package.

The prize package includes an Eola Hills Wine Cellars brunch, wine, transportation to the game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis and, most importantly, two tickets to the sold-out game.

Raffle tickets are $20 each. Tickets are on sale through Nov. 16 and can be purchased at the PCL office, 480 E. Main St., Monmouth, or online at raffle.pclpartnership.org. The winner will be announced on Nov. 17.

For more information: 503-838-2403.

Master Gardener

training available

Registration is being accepted for the 2013 OSU Extension Service-Polk County Master Gardener training.

Classes begin Jan. 9 and meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa, Dallas, or the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

Deadline to register is Dec. 14.

Volunteers receive training in a variety of garden topics, including insect and disease control, home orchards and vegetable gardening. After the training, students are required to contribute 60 hours of volunteer time to a variety of projects in Polk County.

Cost is $100, which includes books and materials. A Non-volunteer option is also available.

For more information: Gail Miles, OSU-Polk County Extension Service, 503-623-8395; or download a registration packet at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/polk/polk-county-master-gardener-home-page .

US flags accepted

for proper disposal

Allied Waste, American Outdoors and Carl B. Fenton American Legion Post 20 have teamed up to offer local residents a place to drop off worn or tattered American flags for disposal.

Residents who have flags that are no longer presentable and in need of retirement can now drop them off at American Outdoors, 468 NE Bovard Ave., Dallas.

All flags collected will be turned over to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post for proper and respectful disposal.

For more information: 503-930-0291.

Christmas pageant

seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles in the 72nd annual Rickreall Christmas Pageant, which runs Dec. 6-8.

Soloists and a pianist are being sought for the choir. People interested in being part of the cast, crew or any pageant committee can also get involved.

For more information: Mary McCarron, 503-623-0958.

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