Financial aid workshop scheduled

INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s counseling office will hold a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Donna Kirt, director of financial aid at Western Oregon University, will lead the English-speaking workshop. Anna Hernandez-Hunter will facilitate a Spanish version.

Topics will cover filling out the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as well as scholarships and private funding sources. CHS counselor Shane Cyphers said the FASFA is the beginning and the end for funding college, as it is used for scholarships also.

For more information: 503-606-2219.

LaCreole band, DHS choir to perform

DALLAS — LaCreole Middle School’s band will hold its winter concert Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The concert will be held at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas.

For more information: 503-623-6662.

Dallas High School’s choir will perform its winter concert Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., also at Bollman Auditorium.

For more information: 503-623-8336.

Falls City schools will hold concert

FALLS CITY — Falls City will debut its new music program with a holiday concert on Thursday evening.

The concert will be held in the Falls City High School gym, 111 N. Main St., starting at 6 p.m. and will feature a performance by the high school’s “Rock Band” class.

For more information: 503-787-3521.

CHS seniors selected for Society

INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society has accepted 12 new seniors as members.

Taylor Ashton, Rebecca Boldt, Amy Brenneman, Lucas Castanon, Daisy Chavez, Marco Gonzalez, Marisa Mecham, Jasmine Meraz, Riley Olson, Alexis Orozco, Daniel Snell and Ty Whittemore fully met the criteria set by the National Honor Society in academics, leadership, service and character.

They each have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average, more than 150 hours of applied leadership and service work during their high school years, and have been checked for appropriate discipline and attendance records, as well as faculty approval.

Oakdale assistant receives honor

DALLAS — Ann Ludwig, an educational assistant at Oakdale Heights Elementary School, was named November’s Dallas Distinguished Educator on Dec. 3.

Courtney Wehner, the kindergarten teacher in whose classroom Ludwig is an assistant, nominated her for the award.

Wehner said Ludwig shows caring, diligence and dedication to her job and “truly loves the students.” She added Ludwig volunteers for the school jog-a-thon, created the school’s harvest festival and is the school’s designated photographer, making sure each child has a photo for the end-of-the-year slideshow.

Students in Wehner’s kindergarten class described Ludwig as helpful, nice and a great teacher who is “always smiling.”

The Distinguished Educator Program was established in Dallas School District to “recognize excellence in teaching and learning.”

Bond committee members sought

DALLAS — The Dallas School District is looking for community members to apply for its Citizens Oversight Committee.

The job of the committee is to verify funding for the recently passed general obligation bond is spent according to requirements of the bond title, published explanatory statement and district bond informational materials, and the work done so in a responsible manner.

Additionally, this committee will oversee long-range facilities planning and make recommendations to the Dallas School Board using the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan as a guide.

Those interested in serving on this committee should complete the application and return it to Debbie Green at or mail to 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. Applications are available by contacting Green via email.

WOU will offer tours during break

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s Office of Admissions will offer campus tours during the winter holiday break beginning Monday.

The tours are available weekdays at 1:30 p.m. Tours will not be available Dec. 22-26 during a campuswide closure. WOU will also be closed on Jan. 1 due to the New Year’s Day holiday.

Advance registration is not required to participate in a campus tour. Students and their guests are encouraged to arrive at the Office of Admissions, located in the Academic Programs and Support Center Building, 20 minutes prior to the start of the 1:30 p.m. tour.

Students who wish to meet with an admissions counselor before or after the tour are required to contact the Office of Admissions.

For more information: 503-838-8211.

Talmadge band, choir will perform

INDEPENDENCE — Talmadge Middle School choir will perform its winter concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Central High School’s auditorium.

The middle school band will perform on Tuesday at 7 p.m., also at the high school’s auditorium.

Both concerts are free.

For more information: Talmadge Middle School, 503-606-2252.

KVCS schedules ‘parents nite out’

KINGS VALLEY — OK parents, do you need a night away from the kids? Well, if so, Kings Valley Charter School may have just what you need.

KVCS is hosting a “parents’ nite out” sleepover for youths in first through fifth grade starting Friday and continuing until Saturday morning.

Students may be dropped off at 3:05 p.m. after school (cost is $15) or dropped off at 6:30 p.m. (cost is $10). Pick-up time is Saturday at 9 a.m. Activities include gingerbread men decorating, scarf making, crafts, paper quilling, board games, a movie, active play and supervised educational computer games. Dinner and breakfast will also be served. Activities will be supervised by high school students and adult volunteers.

The event is a fundraiser for the high school classes. RSVP is required.

For more information: Email to Tanner Simmons,

MVCA to host Christmas production

MONMOUTH — Mid-Valley Christian Academy in Monmouth will host the Christmas story presentation “Hold on to Your Hat — It’s Christmas!” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The program will be held at Central Baptist Church, 655 S. Pacific Ave., Monmouth. The event is free and the public is welcome.

For more information: 503-838-2818.

Central FFA selling holiday wreaths

INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s FFA chapter is selling holiday wreaths to support club activities.

Centerpieces are $15; 23-inch wreaths are $18; 33-inch wreaths are $22; and swags are $18.

Ribbons and candles will be used to decorate the greenery.

To place an order, or for more information: Lynn Thomas, 503-949-1684; Brenda Phearson, 503-869-1726.

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