Free jazz concert slated on Thursday Western Oregon University and the Monmouth Business Association are sponsoring a free jazz concert in Monmouth's Main Street Park on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The concert will feature the American Metropole Orchestra Big Band directed by Keller Coker.Some of the Mid-Willamette Valley's best musicians will be performing for the first time as a traditional big band. Music selections will range from straight ahead swing to soulful rhythm and blues.The concert is part of Monmouth's "Back to School Week at WOU."For more information: Mark Fancey, city of Monmouth, 503-751-0147. Valley Zen Circle to resume meeting Valley Zen Circle will resume a regular schedule for meditation and discussion, meeting Thursdays beginning Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Meetings are held in the basement of Christ's Church, 412 Clay St. W., in Monmouth.Sessions of the group are free and open to the public.For more information: Jill Washburn, guiding teacher, 503-623-8600; online at valleyzen.weebly.com. Senior music jam starts new season A new season of the Dallas Senior Music Jam begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St."Happy and Sappy Songs" is the theme for the September jam session. All area musicians and singers of any age are welcome to attend and participate. Admission is free, though attendees are asked to bring a snack to share.The jams are typically held on the fourth Thursday of the month except during the summer.For more information: Michele, 503-623-5055; Dallas Area Seniors on Facebook. Local garden club will meet Thursday Jody Eaton will speak on the Taking Waters Garden in Albany during a meeting of the Falls City Garden Club scheduled Thursday.The gathering takes place at Mountain Gospel Fellowship Church, 257 N. Main St., Falls City. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.The Talking Water Gardens project is an engineered treatment wetlands open to the public that includes walking trails. It is a public works project that cools treated wastewater before it enters the Willamette River.Membership in the Falls City Garden Club is $10 per year for each household.For more information: Gladys Norman, club president, 503-787-6105; Glenda Sylsberry, club vice president, 503-787-1704. Book sale slated at former library Friends of the Independence Public Library will host its annual autumn used book sale during this weekend's Hop & Heritage Festival.The sale takes place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 311 Monmouth St., the site of the old Independence library.A large selection of books of all genres, including children's books, will be for sale. Hardback books sell for $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents each.For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811. Car show moved to Monmouth park The 2013 Heritage Auto Show has moved to Main Street Park in Monmouth instead of its normal spot during the Hop & Heritage Festival.This year's show will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration from 10 a.m. to noon.Beginning its 20th year, the show will have a special tribute to Mercury automobiles and will award a commemorative plaque to the first 100 cars to register.Food and music will accompany the show.For more information: Email to email@example.com. CHS Class of 1952 schedules reunion The Central High School Class of 1952 will gather for a reunion Friday at Gentle House, 855 N. Monmouth Ave., on the Western Oregon University campus.The event will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish and their own table service. Coffee will be provided.Cost is $5 per person, which helps cover the rental fee to use the facility.For more information: Barbara McCullough, 503-831-3845. WV Hospice to host caregiver workshop Space is still available for an Oct. 4 workshop to offer information and support to those caring for a family member with a chronic or serious illness.Willamette Valley Hospice is providing the workshop for free to anyone in the community. The event will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1015 Third St. NW, West Salem.The featured speaker will be Lynda Bush, who will discuss her experience as a caregiver, emphasizing tips and ideas to make the sometimes difficult task of caregiving a little easier. A session on advance directives will be held, and a bereavement counselor will discuss grief and loss in caregiving, as well as self-care techniques for family caregivers.Seating is limited and preregistration is required.To register or for more information: Melissa Lindley, 503-588-3600; email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hospital volunteers to hold fundraiser West Valley Hospital Volunteers will hold a leather and purse sale Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hospital, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas.A assortment of handbags, wallets, briefcases, fanny packs, travel bags, money clips, business card holders, coin purses, ID holders, cases for glasses, Bible covers and tapestry bags will be available for purchase.For more information: 503-623-7323. Polk County writer featured in book Eleanor Cowles of Independence is a featured contributor in the most recent "Chicken Soup for the Soul" edition, published Sept. 10."Devotional Stories for Wives" features uplifting and personal accounts of the hardships and joys of marriage through the eyes of those who have lived them.Cowles' piece, "Chocolate Cake and Marriage," tells the story of a Valentine's Day dinner gone wrong and its parallels to marriage.For more information or to purchase online: www.chickensoup.com.