New teen book club to meet at library

Dallas Public Library is starting a new “book talk club for teens” program, which will debut Wednesday (today) at 3:45 p.m. in the teen section of the library, 950 Main St.

The club is for youths in grades 7-12. It will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:45 p.m. at the library.

The first meeting will include selecting book choices for upcoming months.

For more information: Dallas Public Library, 503-623-2633.

Reception for art exhibit set at WOU

Western Oregon University’s Hamersly Library will host a reception for its winter 2015 exhibits Wednesday (today) from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

This term’s exhibits are “BOYCOTT! The Art of Economic Activism,” which is on display through Feb. 15 at the Second Floor Gallery, and “Reverberations of the Great War,” which is on display through March 20 at the Third Floor Gallery.

“BOYCOTT! The Art of Economic Activism” is a traveling poster exhibition highlighting diverse historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present. “Reverberations of the Great War” features a collection of poems, family histories, artifacts and student soldier letters from the World War I era.

For more information: 503-838-8419; email to

Basketball game pits fire vs. police

Firefighters from Polk County Fire District No. 1 will take on police officers from Monmouth and Independence in a basketball game at Western Oregon University, hosted by the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Thursday at 8 p.m. in the New PE Building.

Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets also will be available for a 50/50 raffle. Admission to the event is free.

All proceeds benefit the three departments: Monmouth and Independence police departments and Polk County Fire.

For more information: email

Free knitting clinic slated for Saturday

Local fiber artist Laurie Carlson will host a free knit clinic at the Fairview Farm Yarn Shop on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Donyu Catino, a master knitter from Dallas, will help knitters with any projects they need assistance on or advice about. Participants are asked to bring the knitting project with them to the event.

Fairview Farm Yarn Shop is located at 2340 SW Fairview Ave. (Highway 223) in Dallas.

For more information: 503-623-4744; email to

Historical society’s annual meeting set

The Polk County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.

PCHS members will cast ballots for a new board of directors. There are several terms expiring this year, and the positions need to be filled.

In addition, a presentation by Sgt. Mark Garton of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department is planned. Garton will discuss two fairly recent cold cases that occurred in Polk County, and he will also share information on the status of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and how volunteer groups such as ARES, SALT, CERT and the Posse assist the department.

The meeting is open to the public; light refreshments will be available.

For more information: 503-623-6251;

Fundraiser will aid James2 program

Orchard Heights Assisted Living in West Salem is hosting a benefit for James2 Community Kitchen of Dallas on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center, 695 Orchard Heights Road.

The event, part of Orchard Heights Assisted Living’s Winter Wonderland, will include bingo ($3 per card; four cards for $10), a silent auction for gift baskets and items donated by local businesses, and a pie social featuring Willamette Valley Pie Co. pies for $1 per slice. All proceeds benefit James2 Community Kitchen.

For more information: Dawn Hull, 503-566-9052; email to

Bible study event will begin Monday

Two Polk County churches are part of a seven-week communitywide Bible study program that begins Monday offered by Mid-Valley Women of Christ.

The winter study features a seven-week video series by teacher and author Priscilla Shirer entitled “Discerning the Voice of God.”

The program is offered locally at Praise Assembly, 189 S. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (contact Lila Pearson, 503-302-5353 or email for more information) and Monmouth Christian Church, 959 W. Church St., on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. (contact Arlene Hernandez via email to or call the church, 503-838-1145, for more information).

Women may register through the Mid-Valley Women of Christ website:

Teen aviation event taking registration

Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 292 will host Teen Aviation Weekend Feb. 7-8.

Registration for the event is due no later than Jan. 30.

During the two-day event, teens will have the opportunity to learn about sport aviation and the larger aerospace field.

Youths will learn about the history of aviation and space flight, be shown the technology of satellite navigation, look into simulators and learn about unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

Teenagers will have hands-on experience building and flying a model airplane, participate in pre-flight checks and, if weather permits, go for a flight with a pilot.

The weekend workshop is free, and takes place at the EAA Chapter 292 hanger, 4803 Airport Road, Independence.

For more information: Michael Ryer, 503-364-3619;

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