Master Gardeners to talk blueberries
Bernadine Strik, an Oregon State University professor and a world renowned berry expert, will speak on “Blueberries for the Home Garden — a Recipe for Success” at the Polk County Master Gardeners meeting on Wednesday (today).
The gathering, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.
For more information: 503-623-8395; online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/polk/mg.
Old-fashion square dance set Saturday
Guthrie Park Community Center will host its next Second Saturday Old Time Square Dance on April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.
All ages are welcome for an evening of dancing to the music of Cash & Company. Caller is Truman Price. Dances include old-time squares, big circles, longway sets and waltzes. No experience is necessary; all dances are taught.
Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. A family rate of $15 for four or more people from the same immediate family is available.
The center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.
For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.guthriepark.org.
‘Mind the Gap’ reception Thursday
The Ash Creek Arts Center will host an artist reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at its gallery at MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast, 212 Knox St. N., in Monmouth.
The reception is for artist Eric Loftin and his exhibition, “Mind the Gap: Landscape Works by Eric Loftin.”
The gallery is open by appointment outside of the reception hours. For an appointment: Robert, 509-607-2855.
Caricatures topic of Saturday class
The Ash Creek Arts Center will host Second Saturday Family Arts Class on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at its Independence location, 311 S. Monmouth St. The topic is caricatures.
This series of classes is for children and parents. Children should be old enough to manage scissors, glue, tape and other art supplies.
Registration is not required.
For more information: www.ashcreekarts.org.
Urban and rural tensions topic of talk on Saturday
What are the ties that bind – or could bind – urban and rural communities in Oregon?
That is the focus of “Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities,” a free discussion with Ethan Seltzer, professor of urban studies at Portland State University, and Bruce Weber a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University.
The talk is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Buell Grange, located at 5970 Mill Creek Road, off Highway 22.
After the conversation, dinner of chili and salad will be available for $6. RSVP to reserve a spot Christine Chute at 503-851-0322 or email@example.com.
Teen art contest at Dallas Library
The Dallas Public Library is hosting a teen “fan art” contest. Local teenagers may submit original artwork to be displayed at the Dallas Public Library on its art wall.
Each contestant may submit up to three entries. The work should represent the artist’s interpretation of a work of fiction, and derived from a character or other aspect of that work. Art will be accepted until April 24 for judging on May 11.
Entry forms and more information are available at the library.
For more information: 503-623-2633.
Children’s portrait contest benefits cancer research
Miriam Haugen of Haugen’s Galleri in Monmouth will participate in a Superheroes Children’s Portrait Contest throughout the month of April.
The contest is open to all children newborn through age 12, and can include sibling groups. To participate, schedule a portrait session with Haugen and donate a $49 entry fee to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Winners will be chosen in three categories: people’s choice, best storytelling and best expression.
For more information: 503-838-5416.
Libraries accept food for fines
The Monmouth and Independence public libraries will celebrate National Library week Monday through April 18 with a Food for Fines drive.
During the week, bring in any of the following items to the library: 15 ounces or larger of canned fruit, vegetables, chili, soup (canned or dry), bottled or canned fruit juices; boxed hot or cold cereal, pasta products, peanut butter, canned meats, cooking oil; or 5-pound bags of sugar, flour or rice.
For every item donated, the library will reduce outstanding fines by $1. All items must be commercially processed and in good condition.
For more information: Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811, or Monmouth Public Library, 503-838-1932.
LWC ivy pull slated for this Saturday
The Luckiamute Watershed Council will host a volunteer ivy pull from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Independence Riverview Park.
Come to the Riverview Park boat launch and join in an invigorating day of pulling ivy. Learn how to eradicate this persistent weed and help rid the watershed of invasive plants.
Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided.
For more information: Suzanne Teller, 503-837-0237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bunco will raise money for baskets
A bunco fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Family Treasures Marketplace, 240 Monmouth St., Independence.
The event, sponsored by Independence Downtown Association, will raise money to buy hanging flower baskets to decorate the downtown area. Admission is $15. Appetizers and wine will be served.
For more information: find the Independence Downtown Association on Facebook.
Living with diabetes class
A six-week program on practical skills for living with diabetes, “Living Well Diabetes Management,” will be offered at the Dallas Senior Center starting Thursday.
The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Thursday through May 14 at the center, 955 SE Jefferson St.
Participants will learn self-management skills including working with their health care team, managing symptoms and medication, problem solving, setting weekly goals and learning how to be active and eat well. Class materials, including a course book and CD, are provided at no charge.
To enroll or for more information: WVP Health Authority, 503-587-5129.
Library features variety of art by Charlotte Lamb
The work of local artist, and longtime Dallas resident, Charlotte Lamb will be on display at the Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St., through April. She will display a selection of works including watercolor paintings, The Art of Tangling, and pen and ink drawings.
Lamb has been drawing and painting since she was a young child.
At age 87, she continues to explore new art styles and concepts, but continues to focus on her favorite which is realist watercolors.
She has held memberships in the Dallas Arts Association and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.
Lamb has had her artwork displayed at the Polk County Fair and featured in local facilities.
For more information: Dallas Public Library, 503-623-2633.