Julian Delacruz, left, and Casey Jalusha, both of Dallas, help plant trees near the pocket park near Rickreall Creek Trail’s intersection with Main Street in Dallas on Friday. The tree planting coincided with Arbor Day and city officials and volunteers joined the effort.

Photo by Jolene Guzman
Julian Delacruz, left, and Casey Jalusha, both of Dallas, help plant trees near the pocket park near Rickreall Creek Trail’s intersection with Main Street in Dallas on Friday. The tree planting coincided with Arbor Day and city officials and volunteers joined the effort.

Emeritus features military museum

Alisha Hamel of the Oregon Military Museum will be the featured speaker at the Emeritus Society meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 Ecols St. S.

Hamel will honor Oregon’s military history. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

For more information: 503-838-1630.

Friends to host book spring sale

Friends of Monmouth Library will hold its spring book sale in the meeting room of the library, 168 Ecols St. S.

The sale will include adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books and audio-visual materials.

A “Members Only” sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Nonmembers may join at the door.

The public sale is from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A bag sale will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds go to support library programs for children and adults, and to pay for special library projects such as media bags and summer movies.

For more information: 503-838-1932.

County road cleanup Saturday

Polk County Public Works Department is holding an Adopt-A-Road cleanup day on Saturday.

As many as 60 different groups that have adopted roads throughout the county will participate.

To become an active member of the program, applications are available on the Polk County website or by calling 503-623-9287.

Garden Club to host plant sale

The Monmouth Garden Club will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Monmouth Public Library, 168 Ecols St. S.

Landscape perennials, trees, bulbs, vegetable plants, herbs and houseplants were donated by club members to raise money for community beautification projects.

Club members will be available to answer questions about the plants, and will have gardening books on site for reference to gardening questions.

For more information: Carmen Phillips, 503-838-2686.

Writing 101 class sponsored by 4-H

A writing class will be held by Polk County 4-H and the Oregon State University Extension Office for people of all ages.

The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.

As part of the Step Up to 4-H classes, Writing 101 will help participants with things from writing a basic English assignment to term papers to scholarship applications.

The class is free and open to all ages, but most appropriate for those in seventh grade and older.

Preregistration is required by calling 503-623-8395.

Model train show this weekend

The Model Train Swapmeet and Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall.

The hall is home to Polk Station Rail Operating DCC Model Railroad Club. Rickreall Grange Ladies will provide breakfast and lunch specials.

Admission is $5, with $1 off with a canned food item. Children younger than 12 are free. Sunday’s admission also is free with a canned food donation.

For more information: or 503-606-0398.

Lavender Lake Farms hosting tea

Want to treat a mom or daughter to an early Mother’s Day Event? Lavender Lakes is hosting tea Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $22 per person and includes a small entrée, finger sandwiches, scones, desserts and specialty teas made on the farm.

For reservations, contact Rita Roberts at 503-588-3189, send an email to or go to under the “events” tab.

A capella groups honor teacher

Central High School graduates Donovan and Susannah Cassell are bringing their renowned a cappella groups — On the Rocks and Divisi — to perform a benefit concert for Central High choir teacher Jeff Witt.

Witt encouraged them to follow their musical interests, which they did.

This year, Donovan is the musical director of the men’s premiere a capella group On the Rocks, while Susannah is a member of the lady’s group Divisi.

Divisi is credited as the inspiration for the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

The groups will perform at Central High, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets are $10 each.

For more information or to buy tickets:

WVH volunteers host fundraiser

West Valley Hospital volunteer services is holding a leather and purse sale fundraiser Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The sale will be in the conference room immediately inside the front door on Washington Street and will offer handbags, wallets, briefcases, fanny packs, purses, travel bags, checkbook covers, money clips, business card holders, coin purses, ID holders, cases for glasses, Bible covers, tapestry bags and more.

Proceeds benefit the volunteer scholarship fund for Polk County high school students.

For more information: 503-623-7323.

RFL celebration dinner Saturday

Survivors of cancer will be honored at a dinner hosted by Eola Hills Wine Cellars on Saturday. The second annual Survivor Dinner and Celebration is sponsored by the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County and Team Perrydale.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the winery, 501 S. Pacific Highway 99W, Rickreall. Dinner and entertainment starts at 6:15 p.m.

Reservations are encouraged. For more information: Vicki Bailey at 503-623-5241 or email

Local artists at Guthrie Park

Mother and son artist team Nethaniel and Nancy Kurz’s “Riding the Wave” art show and sale will be Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Guthrie Park, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas.

Riding the Wave will offer handmade pottery by Nancy Kurz with collaboration of her son, Nethaniel Kurz, who has autism. The show also will feature Nethaniel’s painting and drawings.

For more information, go to, email nancywatsonkurz

@gmail.comor call 503-689-7424.

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