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Community Calendar

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4

• Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members. 541-404-6517.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive — 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Donation appointments recommended. 1-800-733-2767.

• Scrabble with Betty — 1 p.m., Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St., Independence. Scrabble games first Wednesday of every month. Free; refreshments and prizes available. 503-551-7687 or 503-838-1811.

• Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.

• Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need on the first Wednesday of every month. 503-689-7222.

THURSDAY, FEB. 5

• Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club — Noon, First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Weekly program and luncheon; visitors welcome. 503-838-4884.

• “Mom and Me” Breastfeeding Support Group — 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323.

• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.

• “Oklahoma!” — 6:30 p.m., Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High School winter play production. Admission: adults, $8; students, $5. 503-838-0480.

• April Verch Band — Smith Fine Arts Series — 7:30 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter performs. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. 503-838-8333.

FRIDAY, FEB. 6

• Altered Attitudes Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon, Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. 503-399-0599.

• “Oklahoma!” — 6:30 p.m., Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High School winter play production. Admission: adults, $8; students, $5. 503-838-0480.

• Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.

• April Verch Band — Smith Fine Arts Series — 7:30 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter performs. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. 503-838-8333.

• Ashley Raines & The New West Review — 8 p.m., Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas. Americana/blues/roots country act performs. 503-751-1666.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

• Monmouth Senior Center All-You-Can-Eat Community Breakfast — 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Cost: $6, adults; $3, children under 12. 503-838-5678.

• Polk Community Free Clinic — 7 to 11 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Free medical and mental health care for uninsured and underinsured. Held on the first and fourth Saturday of the month. 503-990-8772.

• “Oklahoma!” — 6:30 p.m., Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High School winter play production. Admission: adults, $8; students, $5. 503-838-0480.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8

• From the Heart Community Sing — 1:30 to 3 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Free singing lessons; all ages are welcome. 503-559-5205.

MONDAY, FEB. 9

• Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.

• Willamette Valley New Horizons Orchestra — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Central High School (music room), 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Local orchestra for beginning through intermediate musicians. Meets every Monday. Players of all levels welcome. $25 monthly fee to cover expenses. 503-838-4884.

TUESDAY, FEB. 10

• Caregivers Support Group — 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Free. 503-831-5593.

• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

• Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.

• Polk County Republican Women — 11:30 a.m., Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. No-host lunch available; everyone welcome. 503-623-5759.

• Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Lunch Forum — Noon, Independence Cinema, 450 Second St., Independence. Annual “State of the Cities Address” with Independence Mayor John McArdle and Monmouth Mayor John Oberst. Lunch cost is $11. 503-838-4268.

• Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.

• Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic — 2 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (surgery admitting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.

• Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam — 6:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678.

• “Oklahoma!” — 6:30 p.m., Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High School winter play production. Admission: adults, $8; students, $5. 503-838-0480.

• Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 — 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-831-3971.

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