Health agencies conducting survey

POLK COUNTY — Health departments in Polk and Marion counties are asking the public to participate in a comprehensive community health survey.

The two departments are joining a group of other care providers in conducting the survey, which will help create a local health care assessment.

In addition to data about health issues, the assessment will include information about the local health care system and two surveys to help describe the health of the community from each individual’s perspective.

A survey of health, education and social service providers serving Polk and Marion county residents will seek information about health trends and unmet service needs. A second survey will ask residents about their experiences in obtaining health care and what they believe are health issues for their community.

Input from all residents of Polk and Marion counties is encouraged, said Katrina Rothenberger, community health supervisor at Polk County.

The surveys can be found at Paper copies are available by calling 503-623-8175.

Tours of Cooper Building planned

INDEPENDENCE — The Cooper Building on the corner of Main and C streets in downtown Independence will be open for tours Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

The building is not finished, but much progress has been made. Walls are framed but not sheet rocked; windows for the storefronts have been installed.

The historic structure is taking shape to house offices and apartments upstairs and retail space on the ground floor.

For more information: Shawn Irvine, 503-837-1191.

Dutch Bros.’ food drive is Saturday

POLK COUNTY — Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Dallas and Monmouth will join all other outlets in the chain in collecting nonperishable food items on Valentine’s Day on Saturday.

Each Valentine’s Day, Dutch Bros. Coffee participates in “Dutch Luv Day,” where franchisees come together to collect food for their local food banks. Donations made at the Dallas and Monmouth locations will benefit the Dallas Food Bank and Ella Curran Food Bank.

The Dallas Dutch Bros. Coffee is located at 515 SE Jefferson St. The Monmouth Dutch Bros. coffee is located at 165 N. Pacific Ave. (Highway 99W).

For more information: 503-623-3900 (Dallas) or 503-606-0534 (Monmouth).

WOU internship, volunteer fair set

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will host its annual internship and volunteer fair Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center.

Organizations seeking interns or volunteers will find students ready to apply their education and enthusiasm to serving. The fair is open to community members seeking volunteer opportunities as well.

For more information or to register: online at

Art exhibition seeking submissions

INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence, Ash Creek Art Center and the River Gallery will host a juried exhibition at the Independence Civic Center from April 14 through Sept. 9.

There will be purchase awards of $2,000 made by the city for art that will become part of the center’s permanent display. Several monetary jurors’ awards also will be available. A gala reception is scheduled April 18.

Both two- and three-dimensional work will be considered. Deadline for submissions is March 14.

For more information: The River Gallery, 503-838-6171.

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