3/20 Community Notebook

*Monmouth seniors plan soup, pie sale*Library set to host event for authors*Doll show and sale scheduled Saturday*Jews for Jesus rep to conduct Seder*Choir will perform Sunday in Dallas*PSWCD cohostin


Daffodills are in full bloom throughout Polk County -- seen here in Dallas on Tuesday morning -- just one sign that spring is on its way. The vernal equinox occurred at 4:02 a.m. Pacific time this morning (Wednesday), making today the first official day of spring. Temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 50s this week.

Monmouth seniors

plan soup, pie sale

Monmouth Senior Center will hold its annual spring soup and pie sale luncheon Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A variety of homemade soups including vegetable beef, chicken noodle, clam chowder, salmon chowder and vegetarian will be available. Cost is $3 per bowl.

An assortment of fruit pies will also be available. Cost is $2 per slice or $8 for a whole pie.

The Monmouth Senior Center is located at 180 S. Warren St. Everyone is welcome.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Library set to host

event for authors

Friends of the Monmouth Library is hosting a book reading and signing event for two local authors Friday evening.

Kimberly Jensen will discuss her book, "Oregon's Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and A Life in Activism," while Scott McArthur will discuss his book, "The Enemy Never Came."

The free event will take place in the Monmouth Public Library meeting room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 168 S. Ecols St. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments served.

For more information: Jeanne Deane, 503-838-2278; email to jdathm@att.net.

Doll show and sale

scheduled Saturday

A spring doll show and sale will take place at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center on Saturday.

The event, now in its 31st year and sponsored by the Wagon Wheel Doller's Doll Club, will feature 125 sales tables of dolls of all types, plus stuffed bears, miniatures and related doll items. Doll stringing also will be available.

Admission is $6 for pre-sale hours from 9 to 10 a.m. and $3 for regular sale hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds from the event will benefit various regional nonprofit groups.

For more information about the sale or club: Arleta Day, 503-581-1206; email to arletaday@aol.com.

Jews for Jesus rep

to conduct Seder

Josh Sofaer, the New York City director of Jews for Jesus who is currently living in Portland and studying at Western Seminary, will conduct a Seder at Dallas First Christian Church on Saturday.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the church, 1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.

Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world. Sofaer will be happy to answer questions after the Seder.

All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge. The church asks that groups of five or more planning to attend call so it can make sure there is enough food.

For more information: 503-623-2569.

Choir will perform

Sunday in Dallas

The Grace University Chorale of Omaha, Neb., will perform a choir concert Sunday at 6 p.m. at Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe St., Dallas.

This 40-member choir ensemble has toured extensively throughout much of the United States as well as Germany and Australia. Music includes compositions by Faure, Rutter, Wilberg, Pfatsch, Gjielo and Kopylov.

The public is welcome. While there is no cost to attend, a freewill offering will be accepted for the choir.

For more information: 503-623-2331.

PSWCD cohosting

ethnobotany class

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the Rickreall Watershed Council are cohosting a free ethnobotany workshop Monday in Dallas.

You can learn about traditional uses of native plants during the class titled "Ethnobotany: Culture and Natural Resource Management." The class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Fire Station, 915 SE Shelton St.

David Harrelson, cultural protection specialist for the Cultural Resource Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is the presenter.

To sign up or for more information: Liz Habley Graham, 503-623-9680; email to liz.graham@polkswcd.com.

Clothing charity

open twice weekly

Jinett's Clothing Closet, which makes available free clothing in all sizes for people in need, has announced it is now open twice weekly to serve the community.

The nonprofit located at Dallas New Life Church of the Nazarene, 341 NE Kings Valley Highway, is open Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Donations are always needed and gladly accepted.

For more information: 971-208-4249.


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