10/23 Community Notebook

M-I Chamber to host bingo night Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Spooktacular Bingo," a fundraiser for the chamber, Saturday afternoon.The event, open to the public, takes place at the Independence Civic Center, 555 Main St., in downtown Independence. Two sessions of bingo are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $15 per session.There will be a Halloween costume contest and prizes will be awarded. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.Proceeds benefit the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce.For more information: 503-838-4268; email to micc@minetfiber.com. Pentacle Theatre to hold auditions Pentacle Theatre will hold auditions Saturday at 1 p.m. for its upcoming production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."Auditions for this "most famous of all comedies" take place at the theater, 324 52nd Ave. NW, West Salem.Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the theater's rehearsal studio, 145 Liberty St. NE, Salem. Weekend rehearsals and work sessions will be added during the final three or four weeks before opening night. The play is scheduled Jan. 24-Feb. 15.For more information: Lucas Hill, director, lucasclaytonhill@gmail.com; www.pentacletheatre.org. Polk 4-H to host Family Fun Night Polk County Extension Service will host "Pumpkin Tricks & Treats," a 4-H Family Fun Night, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, in Dallas.Drop in for some fun pumpkin-themed games, entertainment, tricks and a treat for families.Admission is free and costumes are not necessary.For more information: Polk County Extension Service, 503-623-8395. Cancer support group to meet A cancer support group will start up at Dallas United Methodist Church beginning Sunday at 12:15 p.m.Karen Hays, LCSW, will facilitate the group. The group is for those who are being treated for cancer, those who have undergone treatment in the past, and for family and friends of someone with cancer.Dallas United Methodist Church is located at 565 SE LaCreole Drive.For more information: 503-623-2481. Book discussion series will begin Independence Public Library will launch a new Local Author Book Discussion series Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the library, 175 Monmouth St. The first book to be discussed is Marilyn Morton's "Haunted Independence, Oregon."Polk County authors are welcome to contact the Independence Public Library if they are interested in having their books considered for the discussion series. Titles for the initial series will be selected based on their appeal to a general audience, but may include both fiction and nonfiction.The Local Author Book Discussion series is made possible by the Friends of the Independence Public Library and a grant from the Polk County Cultural Coalition.For more information: 503-838-1811; email to robinp@CCRLS.org. Central Lions Club selling poinsettias The Central Lions Club of Monmouth and Independence is taking orders for its annual holiday poinsettia sale.Plants are available in four sizes and three colors. Orders will be accepted until Nov. 11 and deliveries will be made just before Thanksgiving.All proceeds from this fundraiser are used to provide vision, hearing and other assistance to those in need in the local community.For more information: Kathy, 503-838-0611; Lyn, 503-551-3648. WVH Connections van needs drivers West Valley Hospital in Dallas is looking for volunteer drivers for its Connections van service. The service provides free, non-emergency transportation to and from medical services and appointments.To be a volunteer driver, you need to be at least 18 years of age, have a clean driving record, pass a physical provided by the hospital and complete Salem Health -- West Valley's parent company -- orientation. You do not need a commercial driver's license.Drivers usually drive one shift a week for three to four hours. To volunteer or for more information, call WVH volunteer coordinator Pat Cozad at 503-623-7323. Pumpkin carving expo at Rick'sRick's Place Coffee House, 123 Main St. E, Monmouth, will host a pumpkin carving expo from master carver Dennis Eberly.Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Eberly will carve 95-pound pumpkin just in time for Halloween.In past years, Eberly has given out the seeds from the massive pumpkins he carves.Kids younger than 12 will get free hot chocolate as well.For more information: Rick at 503-838-4912. WVH to host book sale fundraiser West Valley Hospital (WVH) volunteer services is holding its "Books Are Fun" fundraiser Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sale will be in the WVH conference room located immediately inside the hospital's front entrance on Washington Street. Books, stationary, scrapbooking supplies, music, and gifts for all ages will be on sale.Proceeds benefit the WVH Volunteer Services Scholarship Fund.For more information: Pat Cozad, 503-623-7323.


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