Extension offering classes for youths Polk County 4-H/OSU Extension Service is offering three more classes this month for youths as part of its Short Term Educational Programming (STEP). Membership in 4-H is not required to participate. Ceramics 101 will be offered Wednesday (today) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It is for youths in fourth grade and older. Cost is $3 for 4-H members, $5 for nonmembers. Crochet for Beginners takes place Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is for students in sixth grade or older. Cost is $2 for 4-H members, $3 for nonmembers. A Knitting/Crochet Help Night is planned May 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is $2 for 4-H members, $3 for nonmembers. For complete information or to register: 503-623-8395. 4-H summer camp sign-ups under way Polk County 4-H is accepting registration for three youth camps scheduled this summer. The 4-H Junior Master Gardener Day Camps for grades K-4 takes place June 18-20 in Dallas and June 30-July 2 in Monmouth. Cost is $35; $30 if registered by June 4. The 4-H Mini Camp, an overnight event for those completing grades 2-4, takes place June 15-17 at the 4-H?Center in West Salem. Cost is $75 if registered by May 23. The 4-H Wild West Camp (overnight) runs July 14-19 at the 4-H Center in West Salem. Cost is $215 if registered by June 16. For complete details and more registration information:?503-623-8395; email Judi.Peters@oregonstate.edu. Valley Zen Circle sets special event Valley Zen Circle will hold a special event, “Giving and Receiving the Buddhist Precepts,” on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of Christ’s Church, 412 Clay St. W., Monmouth. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Valley Zen Circle meets every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for meditation and discussion in the basement of Christ’s Church. For more information: Jill Washburn, 503-623-8600; valleyzen.weebly.com.