Master Gardeners meet Wednesday Tips and techniques of flower arranging will be the topic at the Polk County Master Gardener meeting Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.The meeting is free and open to the public.Maggie Triplett, owner of Petals & Vines flowers and gifts in Monmouth, will share some tricks of the trade when she demonstrates how to arrange blooms from your garden into bouquets for your home, how to get your flowers to last longer in a vase and more.The winning raffle ticket for a harvest-themed handmade quilt wall hanging to raise funds for the new Inspiration Garden at Mountain Fir Park in Independence will be drawn at the meeting.For more information: 503-623-8395. Rummage sale will assist Republicans Polk County Republicans are conducting a rummage sale fundraiser Friday and Saturday in the parking lot at the corner of Main and Warren streets in downtown Monmouth.The sale will include antiques, furniture, household goods and more.Proceeds will benefit the Polk County Republican Party.For more information: Mike Nearman, 503-838-6001; email to email@example.com. Aviation event for youths is Saturday Youths will have an opportunity to fly in a general aviation airplane as part of the Young Eagles Flight Rally at Independence State Airport on Saturday.The event is coordinated by the Experimental Aircraft Association and is open to kids ages 8-17. It runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the EAA Chapter 292 clubhouse, 4803 Airport Road.There is no charge, but participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Permission forms are available at the hanger. Flights are about 15 minutes long and given on a first-come, first-served basis.For more information: email to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.eaa292.org; http://www.youngeagles.com/parents/faq.asp. Group set to hold annual plant sale Salem Hardy Plant Society's 16th annual fall plant sale is Saturday at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.Attendees will be able to purchase plants and art directly from more than two dozen nurseries and artisans. Other event highlights include Master Gardener advisors, a used garden book sale, tool sharpening and a plastic plant pot recycling dropoff.Admission and parking is free for the event that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.For more information: Susan Hoskins, 503-364-3475; www.salemhardyplantsociety.org. Local leaf casting workshop planned Dancing Oaks Nursery southwest of Monmouth is the site of a concrete leaf casting workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Participants will learn the techniques to create their own concrete garden sculptures from leaves. Cost is $35 and all materials are provided.Preregistration is required for the class at 17900 Priem Road and class size is limited.For more information: 503-838-6058; www.dancingoaks.com; email to email@example.com. Caterpillar workers to gather Saturday All former Dallas Caterpillar plant employees and their spouses are welcome to an annual reunion potluck Saturday.The reunion will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the home of Jerry and Gloria Bennett, 10765 Rickreall Road, Dallas.Those planning to attend are asked to bring food to share, your own beverages and folding or lawn chairs. Table service and coffee will be provided. The meal begins at 2 p.m.For more information: Jerry or Gloria Bennett, 503-623-2946 or 503-930-0771; email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Square dance set this Saturday night Another season of Guthrie Park Community Center's monthly country folk dances kicks off 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.Dances are held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May.The center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; email@example.com; www.guthriepark.org. Tickets available for nursery event Dancing Oaks Nursery is hosting its annual Moonlight in the Garden of Dancing Oaks event on Sept. 18.Tour the gardens at 17900 Priem Road by moonlight to relish the architectural forms and fragrances of night blooming plants. Finger foods will be provided and wines will be available from Airlie Winery. Music will be provided by harp guitarist John Doan playing in the gazebo.Tickets are $30 per person with limited space. Tickets must be purchased by Saturday. Ticket holders get access to a special 20-percent off sale from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.For more information: 503-838-6058; www.dancingoaks.com; Dancing Oaks Nursery on Facebook. Bible study event will begin Monday Praise Assembly Church in Monmouth is the only Polk County location for a communitywide bible study program that begins Monday throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley.The fall study features a seven-week video series by teacher and author Priscilla Shirer entitled "Gideon: Your Weakness, God's Strength."The local group meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m.Open to all women, the free course offers video presentations, discussion groups and homework. Optional study guides are available for minimal purchase price at the church.To register or for more information: www.midvalleywomenofchrist.org. Flower arranging class set Monday A Mason jar floral arranging class will be held Monday at Heartstrings Florist, 137 SW Court St., Dallas.The class runs from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, which includes instruction and supplies, and class space is limited.For more information or to sign up: 503-831-1410. Prayer gatherings to start this month A series of prayer night gatherings that is part of Mid-Willamette Valley Night of Prayer begins Tuesday evening.The monthly event is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. at Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St. All are welcome to the gathering that is designed to see believers join together in prayer.Prayer nights are scheduled during 2013 on Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, and in 2014 on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20.For more information: 503-689-3768; email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors sought for holiday fair Polk County Extension Service is currently seeking vendor applications for its 51st annual Extension Holiday Fair, Nov. 1-2 at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.This event attracts nearly 3,000 visitors. Typical vendors include: Christmas wreaths, ornaments, handmade toys, dolls, crafts of all types, beaded jewelry, photography, scrapbooking supplies and more.The event can accommodate nearly 130 vendors. Cost for a table is $40 for hobbyists and $55 for commercial vendors.Vendors set up the afternoon of Oct. 31 and must be in place by 7 p.m. Hours for the fair are Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information: OSU Polk County Extension Service, 503-623-8395.