Monmouth tai chi    sessions available    Weekly tai chi sessions are offered every Wednesday starting this week and continuing through July 30 at 10 a.m. at Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., downtown Monmouth.    All experience levels are welcome to participate in the free class that will offer tai chi and qigong yang classical form. Tai chi has been shown to help with balance, mental clarity, muscular strength and stress.    Participants should wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.    For more information: Colin Wilson, 503-602-2392; send an email to    Benefit for SABLE    House scheduled    A fundraiser for Dallas-based SABLE House is scheduled Wednesday (today) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Burgerville, 615 Main St. E., Monmouth.    During that time, 10 percent of all food sales purchased at Burgerville will be donated to SABLE House.    For more information: 503-623-6703.    Fundraiser for M-I    Foundation slated    “Putting on the Ritz: A Roaring ’20s Gala and Auction,” a fundraiser for the Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation, takes place Wednesday (today) at 6:30 p.m. at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall.    The event, coordinated by students in the Western Oregon University event planning course, will include live and silent auctions, dinner and a live jazz performance by Orvil Ivie.    Tickets, which are limited in availability, are $35 per person or $60 per couple.    For tickets or more information: Chase Conner, 925-683-4768; email to    First aid class will    be offered Saturday    Polk County Extension Service is accepting registration for a community first aid class offered Saturday in Dallas. RSVP is required by Wednesday (today).    The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polk County Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.    Cost is $35; a class book is available for an additional $10. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch or snacks to eat during the training time.    To RSVP or for more information: 503-623-8395.    Monthly breakfast    fundraiser planned    Monmouth Senior Center will host its monthly all-you-can-eat community breakfast fundraiser on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.    Cost is a suggested donation of $6 per person, $3 for children under 12. The meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and orange juice and coffee.    Proceeds benefit the Monmouth Senior Center building expansion fund.    The center is located at 180 S. Warren St.    For more information: 503-838-5678.    Summer gun show    set this weekend    The Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center is the site for the 2014 Rickreall Summer Gun Show, scheduled Saturday and Sunday.    This is an opportunity to buy, sell and trade. Guns, knives, ammunition and collector items will be on display and for sale.    Show hours are Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.    Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free. Food is available for purchase and parking is free.    For more information: 503-623-3048.    Poker tournament    will help Alliance    Falls City Alliance is holding a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament fundraiser Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Tony’s Place in downtown Dallas.    Cost is a $35 buy-in ($7,000 in chips; $10 to the kitty), with a $15 add-on ($10,000 in chips). Re-entry is allowed for an additional $35 buy-in. Those who sign up at Tony’s by Wednesday (today) receive an extra $1,000 in chips.    Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Players can show up as late as 4 p.m. to participate.    For more information: 503-930-0378.    Outdoor cooking    class for youths set    Polk County Extension Service is offering its next STEP up to 4-H class, “Outdoor Cooking (Dutch Oven),” Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the 4-H/Extension office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.    Participants will be split into teams, pick a recipe, prepare and cook food, and sit down for a meal.    The class is for those in grades 4 and up, and limited to 10 students. Cost is $5 for 4-H members, $8 for nonmembers. Participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.    For more information or to register: 503-623-8395.    Grange schedules    Sunday breakfast    Buell Grange will host its monthly Second Sunday Community Breakfast on June 8 from 8 to 11 a.m.    Cost is $6 per person, and the menu is scheduled to include your choice of pancakes, sausage and eggs; hash browns, sausage and eggs; or French toast and sausage. Meals include juice and coffee.    The event is a fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Buell Grange Hall, located at 5970 Mill Creek Road, just off Highway 22 northwest of Dallas.    For more information: 503-623-8462 or 503-843-4703.    Food preservation    class set Tuesday    Polk County OSU Extension is holding a free food preservation and safety class on Tuesday at the Monmouth Public Library.    The seminar will offer an overview of all the currently recommended methods for preparing and processing preserved foods. Those attending will receive a resource list and access to current OSU Extension publications.    The presentation is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library, 168 Ecols St. S.    For more information: 503-838-1932.    Student art exhibit    displayed at gallery    Sarah Joyce and Jolene Johnson will display their senior art exhibitions through June 14 at the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery at Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.    Joyce’s art is conceptual work using triangles, exploring theory and interaction. She attempts to alter the mindset of the viewer to a meditative state. Johnson uses selective watercolor of Italian landscapes and cityscapes based on her summer abroad in 2013.    The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.    For more information: Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery, 503-838-8340.    Strawberry sale    supports Rotary    The Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club is selling 30-pound buckets of fresh Oregon strawberries for $45. The berries are cleaned, stemmed and sliced, ready to use.    All proceeds benefit Rotary youth programs.    Deadline to place an order is June 11. Pickup date will be sometime around the third week of June, with locations in Independence, Dallas and Corvallis.    For more information: 503-838-6687.    Art exhibit to join    Fourth festivities    Nancy Lehto is organizing a community art exhibition as part of Monmouth’s Fourth of July Festival.    Artwork will be accepted from local artists, from kindergarteners to professionals. All submissions will be on display at Main Street Park July 4-5.    Visitors will be able to vote for their favorites in six categories. These “people’s choice” winners will be displayed in the gallery at the Monmouth Public Library July 7-12.    Rules for submissions and entry forms will be available on the city’s website:    Garden tours part    of Extension party    Polk County-Oregon State University Extension will hold its end-of-year celebration June 11, starting with tours of the Master Gardeners Inspiration Garden at Mountain Fir Park on Seventh Street in Independence.    Garden tours will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The celebration will follow at 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 1399 Monmouth St., Independence. The event is free. RSVP is requested by Monday.    For more information: 503-623-8395.

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