Entries to this year's Polk County Fair increased this year.

Photo by Emily Mentzer
Entries to this year's Polk County Fair increased this year.

Potluck to feature cultural institute

The Monmouth Senior Center’s monthly potluck on Friday will include international students from Monmouth English Language and Culture Institute.

The students will have a display about their culture. Some of them may bring cuisine from their country to share.

Bring a main dish, salad or dessert for the noon lunch.

High Street Band at EHWC Legacy

Eola Hill Wine Cellars Legacy Vineyard, 1600 Oak Grove Road, West Salem, is bringing in swing, Motown group The High Street Band for its first outdoor concert on Saturday.

Admission is $15 per person and includes commemorative wine glass. Concert attendees are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and wine will be available on site.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 5.

For more information or to order tickets, go to

Chefs’ Night Out tickets available

Tickets are on sale now for the 17th annual Chef’s Night Out, a fundraiser for Marion-Polk Food Share.

Chefs’ Night Out will be held on Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Salem Convention Center.

The event, sponsored by Bonaventure Senior Living, is an opportunity to sample the finest culinary creations from over 45 local food and beverage purveyors, and enjoy live music by the Orvil Ivie duo and the Mark Seymour-Baker Band.

Discounted tickets are available between now and Aug. 31 for $65 per person. Beginning Sept. 1, they will be $75. A special discount rate of $50 per person is available for purchases of six or more tickets.

Tickets are available at

AMVETS to host veterans lunch

Area veterans are invited to stop by for a free hot dog and fixings on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot at Roth’s in Independence. The Veterans Appreciation Day event is hosted by the AMVETS Post No. 1776.

For information: 503-837-0630.

Exchange seeks host families

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with local high schools, is looking for host families for boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries, including Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan.

The exchange students have money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To apply or for more information: 1-800-733-2773 or go to

Celebrate bees at Left Coast Cellars

Left Coast Cellars, 4225 N. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall, will host a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in honor of World Honey Bee Day.

The event includes honey extraction demonstrations, beekeeping education and the debut of the winery’s 2014 Queen Bee Bubbly sparkling wine.

The event is free. Tastings and food are available for purchase.

For more information:

All welcome at annual block party

Dallas First Christian Church will host its annual block party from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church, 1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.

Activities will include a dunk tank, face painting and a kids’ bounce house. Free hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be served. Participants may play bingo and win school supplies. A free bicycle tune-up station has been added this year.

For more information: 503-623-2569.

Featured artist will display photos

The Dallas Public Library featured artist for the month of August is photographer Sara Shuford. A selection of her photos and mixed media pieces will be on display at the library, highlighting her unique use of abstraction and the realism of her photographic images.

Shuford specializes in candid portraits and abstract mixed media work, but classic cars are among her favorite subjects, as well. Even though her photography background has largely focused on children’s portraits and sports photography, her photos exhibit her sense of wonder and imagination.

VBS at Dallas First Christian Church

Dallas First Christian Church will present Vacation Bible School from Aug. 17 to 21.

This VBS will run in the evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30, and includes children and adults.

Materials will be Sonrise Nation Park Theme. This park will be set up in the church basement where participants will experience God’s presence through Bible stories and fun.

For more information: 503-623-2569.

Saturday morning yoga at the winery

An outdoor morning yoga class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 on Saturday at Left Coast Cellars, 4225 N. Pacific Highway (99W).

Cost for the class is $10, free for wine club members. The fee includes a complimentary wine tasting after the class, or stay for brunch and a glass of wine.

Bring a yoga mat.

Lions cruise-in slated for Saturday

The Central Lions Club will host its fourth annual cruise-in from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in Riverview Park.

All are welcome to see the classic cars and listen to classic tunes by the riverfront.

Monmouth library to celebrate 20th

The Monmouth Public Library will celebrate 20 years in its current building with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 168 Ecols St. S., Monmouth.

The event will feature cake, punch, door prizes and displays. Come join in the fun and walk down memory lane.

For more information: 503-838-1932.

Free art activities presented by IDA

The Independence Downtown Association will present Art in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Riverview Park, 50 C St., Independence.

The event will include Zumba Kids, Musik Garten and The Grove.

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