Work of local artist    displayed at library    Dallas Public Library is hosting an art show featuring the work of local artist Andrea Fitcha through July 18.    Fitcha uses all mediums in her art. This particular show features colored pencil, inks and children.    Fitcha also illustrates books, creates rubber stamps, paints on windows and designs bulletin boards, along with many other creative venues.    The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours.    For more information: Dallas Public Library, 503-623-2633.    Child’s drift boat,    book is on exhibit    Independence’s Sonny Montgomery has arranged for a display of the new Northwest Rocker Boat and an accompanying children’s book at Umpqua Bank in downtown Independence beginning Wednesday (today) and continuing through July 2.    The boat is designed to bring the rhythmic waves of the river into a child’s living room or nursery. The boat may be used as a bassinet, cradle or white water rocker drift boat.    The book tells the story of childhood adventures of fly fishing for steelhead in a drift boat.    The little rocker boat was designed and built by drift boat historian Roger Fletcher of Dallas, while the book was authored by Oregon fishing guide Greg Hatten.    A book signing is scheduled June 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.    Cancer fundraiser    planned Thursday    A fundraiser for Dallas resident Brenda Simpson will take place all day Thursday at Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub, 141 SW Washington St., Dallas.    Washington Street will contribute a portion of its sales that day to help Simpson with her expenses while she is having cancer treatment and is unable to work. Servers will also contribute a portion of their tips and the restaurant will have a special tip jar where patrons can tip Simpson directly.    Simpson has worked at Washington Street for more than 10 years.    For more information: 503-831-0688.    Walk, awareness    event set Saturday    SABLE House and Abby’s House are joining to host the first Sole to Soul Walk, a 5-kilometer journey celebrating the heart and soul on Saturday.    The event begins at 10 a.m. at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave. It is designed to help promote wellness and community awareness, and will feature guest speaker Mildred D. Muhammad, an author and inspirational speaker.    Cost to participate in the walk is $30. A T-shirt is available for an additional $15. For those wanting to only attend the event, cost is $12. Proceeds help support women’s wellness and community education.    To register or for more information: 503-751-1429; www.soletosoulwalk.org.    Summer solstice    festival scheduled    Falls City Alliance is hosting a Summer Solstice Festival in the Upper Park (George Kitchen Park) in Falls City on Friday and Saturday.    The event kicks off Friday at noon and continues through midnight on Saturday. It will feature music, food, vendors, camping, games, a motorized bicycle rally and more.    For more information: www.FallsCityAlliance.org.    ‘Family Fun Night’    set at fairgrounds    Polk County Extension Service is hosting a “Family Fun Night” at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.    There will be activities for all ages and the free event will be held in the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.    There will be outdoor games, Dutch oven demonstrations, and a chance to try archery and air rifle.    The event is sponsored by 4-H shooting sports club. You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend. The event is open to the public.    For more information: 503-623-8395.    Church event will    mark anniversary    Faith Lutheran Church of Monmouth-Independence is celebrating 50 years of living faith in the community with a special event scheduled Sunday.    The public is welcome to attend a special service at 3 p.m., followed by a celebration dinner at the church, 200 Monmouth-Independence Highway, Monmouth. Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations.    For more information or to RSVP: 503-838-3459; email to FaithLutheranMon@aol.com.    Extension Service    offers youth classes    Polk County Extension Service is offering two upcoming classes as part of its Short Term Educational Programming at the Extension office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.    “Color Spots Container Gardening” will be held June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants, kindergarteners and older, will have the opportunity to create a container garden of flowers for the patio that can also be exhibited at the county fair in August. Cost is $10 for non-members and $7 for 4-H members. Each participant needs to bring their own container, 22 inches or less.    “Knitting/Crochet Help Night” is June 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for those in sixth grade and up. There will be basic supplies and help available to those needing assistance with a project and extra practice. Cost is $3 for nonmembers and $2 for 4-H members.    For registration and more information: 503-623-8395.    Kids craft program    on tap for Tuesday    “Make It Day!” a drop-in craft program for kids sponsored by the Independence Downtown Association, will be held Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Riverview Park.    Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. The program is free. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.    For more information: Nancy, 503-851-9821; email to nanhier@gmail.com.    Sponsors needed    for golf benefit    Titus House III — the Healing Place for Women is seeking sponsors to support its second annual benefit golf tournament, scheduled July 12 at Dallas Golf Club.    Titus House III houses women in recovery while they strive to find new purpose, goals and skills in life once shattered by abuse and addictions.    All donations are tax deductible.    To be a sponsor or for further information on the tournament: Jody, 503-932-2167; PJ, 971-388-2780; or Diana, 503-930-1272.    


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