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Master Gardeners   seeking donations   The Country Store, a feature of the Polk County Master Gardener Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend, is looking for donations. All donations are tax deductible.   Master Gardeners will pick up donations of items including metal or wood objects, bottles, vases, dishes, garden pottery, tea cups, pitchers, bowls, bird houses, bird feeders, garden tools, furniture, collectible antiques or any items that can be repurposed.   The annual plant sale benefits Polk County libraries in Dallas, Independence and Monmouth. Money also is used to provide a scholarship for an Oregon State University horticulture student.   For more information: Patty Korn, 503-623-2194.   Gentle House plans   garden work parties   The Friends of Gentle House have planned their 2014 “garden days” and will meet the second and fourth Thursday mornings of each month, beginning in February.   The “garden days” address specific projects at the historic home at 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, and volunteers are welcome.   On Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to a backyard grape pruning demonstration and hands-on learning experience. On Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to a demonstration and hands-on experience in the spring care of roses.   Attendees should bring work gloves and hand tools to participate in the “hands-on” instruction. Refreshments will be served.   For more information:   Library to host talk   by Oregon author   Dallas Public Library is hosting a Family Literacy – Happy Birthday Oregon night Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.   The program, sponsored by the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, will feature an appearance by Oregon author Deborah Hopkinson. Hopkinson, who has written more than 40 books for young readers, is a past winner of the Oregon Book Award and a current finalist for “Annie and Helen.”   Refreshments will be served at the event that is part of the library’s celebration of Oregon’s 155th birthday during February.   For more information: 503-623-2633.   Ice cream social on   tap Friday at hospital   West Valley Hospital Volunteer Services is hosting a Valentine’s ice cream social Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Café West.   You can buy a $1 Valentine card daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the group’s See’s Candies sale in the front lobby of the hospital or at the administration office daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., then redeem it for an ice cream sundae on Friday.   Proceeds benefit the West Valley Hospital Volunteer Services Scholarship Fund.   The hospital is located at 525 SE Washington St., Dallas.   For more information: 503-623-7323.   Art walk scheduled   in downtown Indy   Ash Creek Arts Center is hosting a local art walk Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. in downtown Independence.   The walk will provide an opportunity to view local children’s portraits of people they admire or care about, exhibited in storefront windows on Main Street and adjoining streets in Independence.   Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the Lion’s Share Bakery, 286 S. Main St., at 1 p.m., or join the walk in progress. Maps are available at the Independence Public Library and participating businesses. The event is free.   For more information: Robert Tomlinson, 509-607-2855; send an email to   Breakfast available   Saturday morning   Dallas Area Seniors are hosting a Valentine’s Breakfast open to the public on Saturday at the Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St.   The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and beverage, will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per person and all ages are welcome to attend.   For more information: Marylou Koenig, 503-623-4903 or 503-302-1696.   History of goats is   topic at gathering   Laurie Carlson will give a presentation on goats in history during a gathering of the Polk County Historical Society on Saturday at the Polk County Museum.   The free event, open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. at the museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Light refreshments will be available.   Carlson is the owner and operator of Fairview Farms Goat Dairy in Dallas, which is the site of what is believed to be the nation’s only museum dedicated to goats. Her discussion on goats in history will include many social and cultural influences most people are unaware of, as well as how goats were important to the local area in the past.    For more information: 503-623-6251; email to; online at   Dallas church plans   ‘kids day’ Saturday   Trinity Lutheran Church of Dallas will host a “Kids Day” on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.   The free event will include stories, crafts, games, snacks, a movie and a kid-friendly dinner. All children ages 3 (must be potty trained) through fifth grade are welcome.   This is an opportunity to let someone take care of your children while you go out for a post-Valentine’s Day date or just enjoy some quiet time.   Registration is requested as space is limited. The church is located at 320 SE Fir Villa Road.   To register or for more information: 503-623-2233.   Church set to host   Valentine’s dinner   Falls City United Methodist Church will host its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Saturday at the church, located at the corner of Main and First streets.   A romantic evening featuring live music and Italian food is in store, with seatings available at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person with proceeds benefitting the church.   For tickets or more information: Kristy, 503-881-3993.   

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